Restore Erosion Control with Retaining Walls

Gravity, precipitation and loose soil can cause dangerous erosion around your home and property. Hills and slopes are especially prone to erosion; if not protected, the top layer of soil can become a mudslide in wet conditions. This can cause damage to your property, ruining landscaping and interfering with other structures. One option to restore erosion control is to add retaining walls that can secure slopes or hills to prevent damage.

Retaining walls are built at the bottom of a hill or slope to add support. The wall can be a few feet high for slight slopes, creating an edge to the slope and keeping the soil secure. Walls can also be built several feet high if needed to restrain a hill or create a useable space. For steeper hills, it can be beneficial to use two or three retaining walls, tiered up the slope. This creates better support and each level can be leveled to use for planting to compliment landscape designs.

When installed correctly, retaining walls can last for decades while providing erosion control. These structures can also add beauty and function to your property. Choose wood or natural stone, or interlocking pavers for a modern look. When designed to blend with your landscaping, retaining walls can create an interesting style to improve the overall look of your outdoor space.

If you have hills that have erosion issues, or just want to carve out more useable space from slopes, consider installing retaining walls. Contact a local landscaper that offer retaining wall installation to explore the different options available to control erosion and add beauty to your landscaping around your home.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

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.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Benefits of Adding a Retaining Wall

Retaining walls are used to hold soil, whether they create an above ground planter or they secure a hill or sunken space. These hardscapes can be made from wood, rock, brick or pavers, usually used for function, but they can also be a beautiful addition to a landscape design. There are many benefits to using a retaining wall on your property. Here are a few of those benefits.

  • Erosion protection. The main function of retaining walls is to stop erosion. You will see retaining walls used at the bottom of hills and slopes, or tiered up a hill, protecting homes, structures and driveways from mud slides.
  • Additional planting space. Using retaining walls, you can tier a hill for gardens on each level or make a garden above ground on a small patio. It can be a way to make the most of your yard for planting, even if you have hills or limited soil space.
  • Edging. If you have hills or slopes surrounding your property, a small retaining wall can create a distinct edge to your yard or follow the line of your driveway. Retaining walls can also create a sunken patio or fire pit with a secure edge.
  • Artistic touches. Retaining walls are often functional, but they can also add an artistic touch or classic design to your landscaping. Natural stone, brick or uniform pavers can all be used in different ways to enhance your outdoor space.

Retaining walls are mostly used on property with slope or hills, but any landscape design can be improved with these versatile hardscapes. Talk to your local landscaper about the benefits of adding a retaining wall to your landscape design for function or esthetics.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

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

Reimagining Retaining Walls

You see basic retaining walls everywhere, from standard modular block walls to bricks or landscaping timbers. While these walls are functional and can improve the beauty of the property, they can lack imagination. Retaining walls are great for creating a tiered slope for gardening or to outline your property or driveway – they also can protect your property from harmful erosion. However, they can also be works of art when you use a little creativity in design.

Design Ideas for Retaining Walls

If you have been planning to add a new retaining wall or replacing an old one, consider the options available. While uniform modular blocks or bricks work fine, why not explore some creative options? Here are some ideas to make your retaining wall spectacular – a functional, yet attractive, addition to your property.

  • Add some curves. Curves can make a big difference in the aesthetic appeal of your new wall. Skip the straight lines and work with your contractor to find curvy options to soften the look of your new wall.
  • Natural stone creations. Most retaining walls are very uniform; break the mold and get creative with natural stones. Adding fieldstones intermixed with river rock and other natural stone can create an intriguing design. Stay away from the uniformity for a natural wall look.
  • Use different colored bricks, stones or blocks to create patterns in your wall. Add geometric designs or unique patterns to give your retaining wall an arty appeal.

Talk to your hardscape specialist about ideas for your new retaining wall. There is no reason to settle for a boring, standard wall when there are so many options to make it imaginative.

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