If you have hills or slopes in your landscape, then it’s a good idea to consider the use of retaining walls. Retaining walls are designed to hold the earth in place with a series of decorative boulders, wood beams, or concrete landscaping blocks. Retaining walls slow erosion and make it possible for these areas to support landscaping plants where it might otherwise be impossible to grow them.
They can also be placed to maximize flat yard space, creating a back yard rather than a sloped drop off.
Of course, few people will consider the utility of a well-built retaining wall. They add visual interest, drawing the eye to variations in grade and transforming them into assets. In addition, walkways and stairways can be added into retaining walls to create an even higher degree of functionality.
Retaining walls are no DIY projects! They require a level of engineering and hardscaping skills to pull off appropriately, especially as one begins accounting for curves, changing grades, and proper drainage.
Steve’s Lawn and Landscape keeps both utility and beauty in mind when we build retaining walls. We’ll work with you to make design decisions that will make you want to smile every time you look at your new landscape. Retaining walls are about more than aesthetics and curb appeal: they are about keeping your property values high and ensuring you continue to enjoy your lawn and landscape for many years to come.