In a perfect world, all areas of your property would be perfectly level and completely care-free. Realistically speaking, you’ll likely claiming a corner of Earth that neither defies all laws of gravity nor resists the whims of nature, which means that your yard has highs and lows that can make certain custom landscaping features a bit difficult, especially if you want to create a level area that won’t end up losing ground.
One of the most effective solutions is to install a bit of hardscaping commonly known as a retaining wall. Retaining walls can be built to any height you desire, but achieving that height must be done using the proper materials, otherwise your level of perfection will be short-lived.
Making a Retention Plan
So just how high are you aiming? If the area you want to build up will require more than adding a foot or two of height to your soil, you’ll need to start by adding a foundation. Pouring a concrete base before you begin will ensure that the added weight and pressure exerted by all of that extra soil won’t overwhelm a retaining wall. Looks can be deceiving—so while things might appear to be solidly supportive, a foundation-less retaining wall can crumble under the pressure once the soil gets saturated by rain, resulting in a landslide that could have dangerous effects.
Retaining the Facts
Depending on your personal preferences, a retaining wall can be built using a solid concrete structure, stacked stones, concrete blocks, or even wooden beams. Whatever material you choose, however, one of the most crucial elements, besides the foundation, is a drainage system. Having one in place gives provides a way for water to escape, rather than building up and building weight against the wall as it collects in the soil. That sludgy soil can seem to have a mind of its own once it’s wet, but by installing a few pipes within the wall will solve the situation and ensure that your beautifully built landscaping can withstand the extra stress. Add some filtration with small stones around the pipes to ensure that the pipes won’t be clogged with a slurry of soil, and connect any pipes to a domestic drain that will channel the water clear of the wall, where it can soak into the rest of your yard.
It might be tempting to try it on your own, but hiring a team of professionals with expertise in hardscape design will be a wise investment; you’ll be able to rest easier knowing that your level ground will stand the test of time and weather the weather, even when it’s under pressure.
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