Not only will it provide vital structural support to large masses of soil, but a well designed retaining wall can be an engaging focal point for your yard.
If your landscape features sharp, gradient changes, a retaining wall is a structure worth integrating into your yard. Not only will it provide vital structural support to large masses of soil, but a well designed retaining wall can be an engaging focal point for your yard. They have several other benefits that can help transform your landscape into a functional and stunning masterpiece.
Retaining walls do more than prevent erosion. They also:
- Help prevent flooding
- Serve as a center feature for your landscape design
- Eliminate the eye sore of dirt piles and hills
- Increase the value of a home
Retaining Walls Provide Structural Support
The purpose of a retaining wall is to keep soil in place. This generally applies to landscapes features hills where retaining walls act as a necessary barrier to prevent soil from sliding forward. Even if your home is built on a small slope, the ground can quickly shift, leaving your foundation exposed. This makes a retaining wall an essential safety feature for your landscape, ensuring the wellbeing of your home and the elements in your yard.
Preventing Soil Erosion
Whether it’s due to wind or water, erosion is a problem in any landscape. This makes a retaining wall even more critical, especially if your landscape doesn’t have natural features like shrubs and trees to hold the soil in place. Retaining walls help decrease surface runoff by reducing sharper gradients. They also provide adequate flood control in the form of water drainage aimed at preventing flooding. To offer further measures for proper drainage and water control, channels and drainage pipes can be integrated into the construction. Finally, retaining walls reduce the gradient by terracing. This allows water to soak into the soil rather than run off the surface.
Aesthetics and Functional Space
Hills and mounds can be attractive features, but they tend to take up precious space and can prove very difficult to landscape. Using a sequence of retaining walls to create terraces can add more functional space to your yard, which can be used for planting.
Well-designed retaining walls can be beautiful structures for your yard. They can double as a seating wall if designed at the right height. There are a wide variety of materials that can be used, such as poured concrete, brick, boulders, and natural stone.
Professional Retaining Wall Specialists
If you are contemplating installing a retaining wall, hiring professionals is best. At Legion Pro, we understand the soil makeup in your area and can make recommendations based on that knowledge. We have the proper machinery to dig deep enough to ensure the wall is structurally sound. Also, we know how to install drainage tiles properly and ensure that the walls are level.