Ways to Use Retaining Walls in Your Landscaping

A retaining wall is a structure made from rock, wood or pavers that restricts soil movement or stabilizes property. While retaining walls often have a specific function, they also can be a beautiful addition to landscaping. Here are a few ways you can use retaining walls in your landscaping to protect your property and add a lovely hardscape.

Hill Stabilization

One of the most common ways retaining walls are used is for stabilizing hills for erosion control. Using a wall at the bottom of a hill or slope can reduce the possibility of land or mudslides that can erode topsoil. This can create a stunning border while protecting your property.

Tiered Hills

Not only can retaining walls stabilize hills, they can create tiered, useable flat areas on your hilled areas. Adding two, three or more tiers of flat steps up your hill can give you planting areas for flowers or produce, expending your useable land space on your property.

Sunken Patios

A retaining wall can be used to create a sunken patio that is surrounded by beautiful stone. Imagine stepping down into a patio or fire pit area that is carved out of the soil and lined with rocks or pavers. Retaining walls can also incorporate seating along the wall, often referred to as a sitting wall, great for patio areas.

Retaining walls can be made using many different types of materials, but stone and pavers are the most popular due to durability and aesthetics. If you are interested in adding retaining walls to your property, talk to your local landscaper that offers hardscaping and retaining wall installation. Together you can design a retaining wall that will add function and beauty to your home and property.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

How to Prevent Erosion from Destroying Your Backyard

Erosion is part of the natural process, with top soil shifting due to water and other elements. However, if you have spent time and money landscaping your backyard, it can destroy all your efforts. Erosion is more likely to occur on a sloped area, especially when heavy precipitation or high winds occur. However, you can prevent erosion from ruining the beauty of your back yard by implementing a few precautionary elements.

Planting on Slopes

One of the simplest and most economical options for preventing erosion is adding more plant life to sloped area. The roots of flowers, shrubs and small trees provide structure to the soil and reduce excess water. If you have sloped area surrounding your backyard, consider planting wild flowers or other plant life to give it beauty and to help prevent top soil from sliding.

Use Mulch

Mulch can also protect the soil from erosion on slope areas. However, not all mulch will stay in place om a slope. Pine straw works well on sloped area to protect the soil and does not slide or blow away as easy as it locks itself into place.

Add a Retaining Wall or Tiers or Creek Beds

Retaining walls are the best solution for preventing major erosion or a mud slide on a steep slope or hill. A retaining wall can be placed at the bottom to add stability. Another option is using a few walls to create a tier slope; this offers options for planting gardens on each tier for a beautifully landscaped backyard. Another option for erosion prevention is to add a dry creek bed. They are attractive alternatives in low sun areas where growing grass or plants may be difficult.

If you want to prevent erosion in your backyard, contact your local landscaper. They can help provide you with strategic solutions to protect your landscaping.

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Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Has Winter Weather Eroded Your Sloped Property?

Heavy rains, wind, snow and freezing weather can all spell trouble for slopes and hills on your property. Too much moisture can cause topical erosion, which can ruin landscaping efforts and even cause a mudslide. The best way to stabilize these sloped areas is with a solid retaining wall, protecting your property from further damage.

Types of Retaining Walls

The best material options for retaining walls for erosion control will be stone, brick or formed paving stones. Due to the heavy load of a hillside, you will need the weight and stability these types of materials can offer. Although wood can be used for smaller retaining walls, it does not have the strength or longevity of stone or cement.

There are two main ways to proceed when building a retaining wall for erosion control: terrace or vertical:

  • Terrace. Terrace retaining walls create a stair or step pattern on the slope, using two or more retaining walls. This allows for flat areas to be created on each terrace, which can be used for planting, making excellent use of the slope.
  • Vertical. If you want to retain the slope or hill, a vertical retaining wall can be placed at the bottom of the slope as a stabilizer. Stone, brick or formed pavers are best, using mortar to secure the wall for the heavy weight load.

Erecting retaining walls on a hillside is a project best handled by a professional landscaping company with experience in hardscape projects. If you’ve had hill or slope erosion this winter, call your local landscaper to discuss adding a retaining wall or terrace to your hills to prevent more erosion in the years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Use Retaining Walls To Curb Winter Erosion

No matter where you live in the country, winters tend to bring in plenty of moisture. Rain or snow, the wet weather can create run-off which can cause erosion around any sloping areas of your lawn. Not only can this make a mess of your landscaping, it can also cause larger problems which can even affect your home. A beautiful and effective solution is to add a retaining wall to stabilize the earth around your home before the wet winter weather hits. 

Erecting A Retaining Wall For Erosion Control

A retaining wall can add support to the lower end of a slope or hill, often preventing the top layer of earth from sliding down the incline. This can protect your lawn or other landscaping at the bottom of the slope from mud and earth, or even your home. Retaining walls can be made from a variety of materials, depending on how much support you need and the look you want to create. For erosion, some of the best options include: 

  • Natural stone. Large stones can make an excellent and attractive retaining wall without the need for mortar. Called a gravity wall, the weight of the stones keeps the wall in place.
  • Mortar wall. Bricks, stones or pavers can be stacked together with mortar to hold them in place for a sturdy retaining wall.
  • Landscape timbers. For slight slopes, landscape timbers can be used for a retaining wall. Rebar is often used to hold the timbers in place. 

Adding a retaining wall does take some expert planning to ensure it will curb the erosion problem. Your local landscaper can offer solutions for your erosion issue, and also can install your new retaining wall.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Landscapers

Cut Down On Slope Maintenance With Wildflowers

If you have a hill or slope on the edge of your property, you know how hard these areas can be to maintain. Due to erosion and water runoff, it can be difficult to cultivate many plants in these inclined areas. One way to reduce the amount of weeding and landscaping needed on these areas is to incorporate wildflowers into your landscape design on these sloping areas. This can offer an inexpensive solution to cover the are and control erosion while providing a beautiful backdrop for your yard.

Choosing The Right Wildflowers For Your Slope

While there are many types of wildflowers available for planting, you will need to find the right mix for the position of your slope. Even wildflowers need certain elements to flourish, so choosing the right blend will be important. Here are some factors to consider.

  • Erosion – Since erosion is often an issue on slopes, you want to choose flowers which are known to have a strong root base. For steep slopes, ground cover flowers may be best, with roots that are aligned with the stem. Clumping plants also are resistant to erosion, like daisies.
  • Sunlight – You need to consider the amount of sunlight your slope is exposed to when choosing wildflower seeds. Catmint, creeping junipers and coneflowers are great for high-sunlight areas. For shady slopes, periwinkle or lily-of-the-valley may be better choices.
  • Region – Depending on the area where you live, there are wildflowers which may be more ideally suited to the soil and weather the plants will encounter. Talk to your landscape supply expert or your professional landscaper for suggestions on seeds that will do well in your region.

In most cases, a variety of wildflowers will be your best bet to cover your slope effectively. Make sure you invest in high-quality seeds from your local landscape supply store for the best results.

Posted on behalf of Lanier Yardscapes