Make a statement and add some dimension to your yard. Retaining walls add visual interest whichever way you decide to incorporate them into your landscaping makeover. Styling an outdoor space goes beyond cladding the ground with something beautiful; it’s about creating depth and dimension with the use of vertical elements too. From raised patios, to striking retaining walls to stately pillars, impressive flowerbed frames, seating benches, fire features, water features, grill islands and much more, there is no shortage of what a retaining wall can build.
Retaining walls are found around many homes, businesses and schools, but until you realize you might need a one, you probably don’t pay much attention to the retaining walls in your neighborhood. Retaining walls are often found in places where extra support is needed to prevent the earth from moving downhill with erosion. The most basic function of a retaining wall is to battle gravity; the lateral force of the slope must be offset in the retaining wall’s design. A retaining wall can be simple or complex, overall however they serve to provide usable land. For millennia, humans have used retaining wall techniques to create terraces of usable land on slopes. Consider the farmers in Peru’s Sacred Valley which still use agricultural terraces to grow lush produce. A retaining wall can serve the same purpose for your urban yard.
Retaining walls also manage water runoff by slowing the flow of rainwater; in this way, they can increase the utility of your gardening and lawn care. New London homeowners can help keep polluted street water out of nearby rivers by installing a water-thirsty retaining wall system, perhaps with a rain garden incorporated in its design. And last a retaining wall can be a place to provide extra seating for guest. Depending on the location of your retaining wall, it may prove to be a popular place to sit and chat around a flower bed, a outdoor grill or firepit. A retaining wall can become a focal point, a piece of backyard artwork.
This cold weather makes us want to get more time outdoors, and it provides a great opportunity to working on your home’s outdoor design when the warmer temperatures arrive. DIY retaining walls are pretty suitable for any yard, any garden, as they can change the whole dynamic of your space. A garden or yard retaining wall might be a necessary feature of your property, now is the time to plan it.