Are parts of your property unusable because they are too sloped? Depending on the circumstances, installing a retaining wall may help. To decide whether or not one of these walls is right for your outdoor space, keep reading to learn more about them.
What Do Retaining Walls Do?
Retaining walls are installed in areas where there are hills or slopes. These vertical walls are placed in front of the earth, holding it back and keeping it from falling. When installed correctly, retaining walls minimize erosion while at the same time creating flat, level areas that are more usable than the sloped ground. They can be constructed out of everything from concrete and stone to wood. The stability and durability of the retaining wall are both affected by the construction techniques and the materials used to build the wall.
Depending on how they are designed, these walls can either be straight or curved. Along with serving a practical purpose, they also can be a beautiful addition to your outdoor space. For instance, if they are covered with smooth coping, they can be transformed into areas for sitting. Alternatively, they can also be used to increase privacy in your outdoor space.
Additional Information About Retaining Walls
When deciding if a retaining wall is the right choice for your outdoor space, you need to consider any other structures on the property, the type of soil that you have, and how water currently drains. On steep properties, you may experience extreme runoff during heavy rains. Installing a retaining wall can give you greater control over how and where the water flows. You may even be able to design the wall to direct the water to parts of your yard that don’t get enough moisture.
If your home is located at the base of a slope, water running down the hill from above could wash away the soil around your foundation. In a situation like this, installing a retaining wall is an excellent way to prevent foundation problems further down the road.
If you are interested in adding a retaining wall to your outdoor space, reach out to us today. At Rockwood Landscape Company, we can help you with all of your hardscaping needs. You can reach us by phone at 320–766–4094. We look forward to speaking with you about your project.