If your property is sloped, creating a boundary to keep your home safe from runoff and debris can seem difficult. A retaining wall is a great solution for protecting your lawn and adding visual flair to your landscaping. If you’re considering an installation, here’s what you should know about this type of hardscape.
What You Should Know About Retaining Walls
What are they?
Retaining walls are thick, sturdy structures used to prevent erosion or runoff from moving soil in your property.
They are especially useful for sloped yards, particularly if you have a basement. Runoff during rainfall could create problems for sloped landscapes, blocking basement doors or windows without walls to stop the debris.
How will they benefit my home?
This structure will keep your home safe, clean, and stable by keeping dirt, water, and debris away from your lawn or basement. A contractor can create different types and heights of walls to suit your yard’s needs.
They can also be aesthetically pleasing and offer beautiful additions to your landscaping. For example, you could place one around your garden bed to keep it elevated and make it a centerpiece of your yard. This could even discourage wandering critters from eating your plants.
What are some decorative options?
From cement and bricks to wood and natural stone, there are many materials used for retaining walls. Cement or bricks can be made in a variety of patterns, colors, and sizes. A landscaping company will build the structure according to your specifications for appearance and elevation.
If you want to add visual interest, consider creating a pattern with alternating colors, or a trim for a pleasing, unique look. You can also use natural stones for a classic, beachy aesthetic.
How long do they last?
This will depend on your soil quality, groundwater levels, land grading, and the debris that impact your structure over time. Many retaining walls last for more than 50 years. Repairing any damage as it appears will prolong the lifespan of your wall.
For more than 27 years, DCM Landscaping LLC & Total Lawn Care has provided Wood County, WI, with exceptional landscaping services. From retaining wall engineering and construction to lot clearing and lawn care, they offer many essential landscaping services. No project is too big or small for their dedicated and experienced team. Learn more about their exceptional services online or call (715) 325-5548 today to schedule an appointment.