Wall Yourself Off
When you look at your yard, you might feel like you’re going to be limited to the dips and slopes of its natural topography; but by using a little bit of vision, you might find that you can re-create your property. Consider the potential transformative power of a hardscape design element like a retaining wall, and you can take your ordinary space and take it to new heights.
As a design element, a retaining wall can become the perfect way to offset a raised garden or to give you a dedicated space to add a water feature or even an elevated patio area. Even if the footprint of your property is a smaller one, using a retaining wall to build it up vertically will give you some extra space for the kind of landscape you’ve always dreamed of having.
Most retaining walls are constructed of concrete, stone, bricks, or cinderblocks, though you might consider combinations as you design your own wall. Each material will, of course, vary in cost; and not all of them will actually suit the style of your home and the rest of your landscaping. Research each of the materials and the ways that they differ, but remember to keep practicality in mind as you create your design—some will be able to withstand the environmental changes in your area more so than others, and some may require a bit more maintenance than you’re willing to invest.
Putting Up Barriers
Aesthetics aside, retaining walls are a great landscaping solution for reasons including functionality. As structural support systems, they can provide a protective barrier between your property and any encroaching hills or areas of elevated land. By installing retaining walls, you’re ensuring that the soil from those areas will be given physical boundaries and limitations so that the passage of time and various environmental changes such as wind erosion and rainfall won’t put your own landscape at risk. Naturally, retaining walls will have to be well-constructed to be effective, so it’s important to do some research into the best methods and materials to be used in your project. If you’re not feeling quite up to the task yourself, consult with a local landscaping maintenance company—they’ll be able to offer you great designs and options that will fit your needs and your budget.
What Are You Retaining?
Take a good look at the land that will be behind your retaining wall. If it’s sloped, you’re going to have to ensure that anything like rainfall or melting snow won’t collect in the soil and add weight; gravity won’t be your friend if accumulated moisture in the soil makes it heavier and the pressure of it all pushes against your retaining wall. By adding pipes into your retaining wall, you can minimize the risks and do damage control by giving the water a place to drain that won’t compromise your own property. Winter freezes cause expansion to the soil, as well, so take climate changes into consideration as you plan where and how to install your retaining wall.
Don’t let a tricky landscape be a barrier to having the property of your dreams! Give the team at Executive Landscaping, Inc., a call today!