Retaining walls are one of the most important & permanent elements in a landscape. They hold back soil on slopes or create a change in elevation. Retaining walls need proper engineering to prevent wall failure, water issues, and many other problems down the road. When done right they can completely reshape your outdoor space and solve a variety of issues in the Landscape. In this article we will go over some of the most important uses and methods of building.
Uses for retaining walls
- Solve erosion and runoff issues
- Level spaces for patios and play areas
- Create raised beds and planters
- Add visual interest
- Increase privacy
- Direct foot traffic
Retaining Wall Materials
Modular block walls can be put together quickly once your base course is leveled, and should be back filled with clear rock for proper drainage. There are many manufacturers and a large variety of finishes and colors to match your home and tastes.
Boulder walls are great for large walls and natural areas, and come in a variety of stone types. These projects often require machinery, such as an excavator or a skid steer.
Natural stone retaining walls have less structural integrity, and are generally used for smaller walls. They should be built with mortar to keep the loose stone from shifting, but are a timeless option for your landscape.
Every retaining wall will need to account for drainage in some way. This could be the change in drainage patterns from the topography of your landscape, accounting for how water will move through your wall material, adding a drainage system behind, or many other water related headaches.
The engineering needs will change for every wall depending on its material, location, and function. It is always a good idea to hire a landscaping professional to ensure your wall stands the test of time. A landscape designer can assess your site with a critical eye to make sure your needs are addressed, without creating new issues in your landscape. The team at Landscapes Unlimited can help you design the perfect retaining wall for your landscape project.