Reasons to Construct a Retaining Wall on Your Property


Combining hardscape elements that blend hard pavers, stone, and concrete with soft feathery plants adds intrigue to a garden. While many yards might incorporate paving across the ground, you can also build upwards and construct a retaining wall. These barriers hold back soil on one side, while the ground is lower on the other side. Consider the following reasons to install one of these barriers in your yard.

Expand Usable Areas

A sloping garden makes it difficult to use all corners of your property. For example, you might want to build a patio, which can prove challenging on a rise. Constructing a carport or a pool is also tricky on a hillside. To make things easier, you could create tiers of flat ground by carving retaining walls into the slope. Then, you could place a patio on the lower level and use the upper levels for garden beds, for example. You can arrange and use the level spaces in any way you wish.

Create a Healthier Garden

Rain can speed down a hillside, especially if it's steep and extends for a long way. Gushing water can cause various problems. For example, the rain on the upper hillside areas doesn't have a chance to soak into the soil, so these regions can be too dry. If you live in a drought area, you might not want to overwater the garden with the hose. The earth can also deteriorate as the rain carries away nutrient-rich topsoil. However, if you create level areas with a retaining wall, you'll avoid these problems.

Build Levels in a Flat Yard

Even in a flat yard, you can construct a retaining wall to add height, increasing aesthetic appeal. For example, line the boundary fence with raised garden beds full of foliage and plants to soften the transition between the garden and fencing. Alternatively, encircle a patio with a flat-top retaining wall that provides seating for friends and family visits. Another option is to design a garden centrepiece with a blue and gold decorative concrete wall surrounding a raised area, which you could fill with flowers or a feature sundial. Concrete can be coloured and textured to harmonise with your garden.

Thus, retaining walls help to take your garden up a notch. They allow you to level out the ground and make your yard more useful. The earth will be healthier without water pouring down the slope and draining it of nutrient-rich topsoil. Additionally, you can create interest and dimension in an otherwise flat, drab garden.


28 June 2021

Decorative Concrete: Project Ideas and Uses

Concrete may seem boring to the uninitiated, but as the wife of a concrete contractor, I have learned, over the years, that it is anything but boring. Contemporary concrete can be used in a range of applications from functional sound walls to decorative koi ponds, and it can be left gray, stamped or acid stained. If you are getting ready to do a project, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to post a myriad of information about concrete with an emphasis on project ideas and the different uses of concrete. By the end, I hope you find concrete as exciting as I do!