Does your backyard feature sharp gradient changes? You may want to consider investing in a retaining wall. Not only can retaining walls provide critical structural support to large plots of soil, but they can also become a beautiful focal point in your yard.
Here are several reasons why we recommend adding retaining walls to outdoor living spaces:
- Flood control and soil erosion prevention—Whether due to water or wind, preventing erosion is important in any landscape. If your landscape currently doesn’t feature a lot of shrubs and trees to keep soil in place, retaining walls can help you prevent surface runoff and ultimately reduce erosion.
- Structural support—Retaining walls are designed to keep soil in one spot. This is typically the case for landscapes that feature small hills that prevent the soil from sliding forward during periods of heavy wind and rain.
- Aesthetics—Depending on their height and the type of material used, retaining walls can be attractive, bold features in any yard. The concrete and stone contrasted with a natural landscape can increase interest and beauty that adds value to your home.
- More functional yard space—When you have hills and mounds in your yard, it’s hard to do anything with them, and they’re typically harder to landscape. By using a sequence of retaining walls, you can increase the amount of functional space you can plant in your front or back yard.