The ground elevations on opposite sides of a retaining wall are different. The earth is held back on one side of the wall, while the other side is free-standing. Because they restrain soil, retaining walls must be sturdy as well as decorative. If you're wondering whether to build one of these structures on your property, here are several reasons why you should do so.
Tame Steep Slopes
Retaining walls can be used to tame steep slopes and to create usable areas in a hilly garden. Gradients can be more interesting than flat yards, but they don't let you quickly access all areas. After all, it's hard to relax on wobbly, slanted outdoor furniture or to plant flower beds on a hill. To make things easier, you can carve the land into level tiers with the help of these walls.
Construction experts can help plan the length and design of the wall and whether it's straight or bends around the yard. They'll advise on how many tiers to construct and how high the wall should be. Some walls need to be approved by local councils. Also, a structural engineer may be involved, depending on the height and scope of the wall.
Decorative Retaining Walls
Even if your garden is completely flat, you might want to add one of these attractive hardscape elements. You could build a retaining wall and fill it with soil to create higher areas. For example, what about adding a raised garden bed in the middle of the yard, surrounded by a rustic bluestone retaining wall?
Encircling a patio, these walls can serve as bench seating while adding to the garden's appeal. You could build it in an organic shape to flow around the terrace. You could place potted plants on the wall and build lights into the structure to set up your backyard for gatherings.
Introduce Beautiful Materials
A retaining wall is a great way to incorporate beautiful materials into your landscape. Sandstone blocks in golds, browns, and yellows might be used. Another alternative is a drystone wall that consists of naturally shaped boulders stacked on top of one another. These structures need expert help to make sure they're secure. You can also use concrete sleepers or blocks that can be textured and coloured to mimic other materials like wood and granite. Alternatively, create a rustic impression with timber sleepers. Each of these materials incorporates colours and textures into the garden to contrast with the plants and foliage.
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9 August 2021
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