A retaining wall can be a great addition to your yard to support specific structures or suit your lifestyle. The purpose of a retaining wall can vary, but the structure itself is a solid foundation of more than 3 feet in height, to keep a hill or mound of earth secure. They can be made from a variety of materials, and are typically engineered by a professional retaining wall contractor. You may find yourself wondering “how do I know if I need a retaining wall?”, as it can be difficult to know if it is the correct structure for your yard.
To help you make your decision, here are 5 reasons why your yard would need to add a retaining wall.
#1 Your yard is prone to flooding
Retaining walls are excellent structures that are built to effectively direct the water in your yard to avoid flooding issues. Any water that builds up in your yard, whether it is from your hose, sprinkler system, or the rain, needs to avoid contact with your property, or else you risk structural problems and water damage, which can be frustrating, and costly. A retaining wall can help you manage water runoff.
#2 Your yard is used for a variety of functions
If you like to use your yard to host guests, grow vegetables, and design landscapes, then a retaining wall can be a great way to add beauty and structure to your designs, while keeping your functions and activities separate from one another. This can be particularly ideal if the different areas of your garden have their own set of requirements to function, for example, you have a pet that likes to run around, and you need a tiered area to grow your plants.
#3 Your soil is eroding
Soil erosion is pretty common and can leave your garden in an unsightly condition, as well as cause you several problems. Over time, weather conditions such as rain and wind can naturally erode the soil in your yard, which, unfortunately, if not managed effectively, could lead to blockages, increased water drainage, weakened ground, and more. A retaining wall will aid in keeping the soil in place, and in good condition.
#4 You live on a slope
If you live on a slope, you are much more likely to experience flooding and erosion, as well as have land that is possibly uneven and unusable. A retaining wall will be able to open a world of opportunities for you, as it is a structure that provides you with a level plot of land that can be used in a variety of ways.
#5 You spend a lot of money on maintenance
If you are impacted by water damage, soil erosion, structural damage, or are unable to grow the plants and vegetables you want in your garden, you may find yourself spending more money per year trying to fix these problems. The investment in a retaining wall could solve a number of these problems in one go and therefore, save you money on maintenance and repairs all year round.
A retaining wall is a great investment for anyone looking to save money, reduce the risks of flooding, erosion, and structural damage while creating a beautiful and functional landscape.
At Sequoia Stonescape, we’re passionate about hardscaping. With over 10 years of pro experience, our family-owned company would love to help. We also provide peace of mind with a 5-year warranty.
Get in touch with us at (503)-932-7605. We’ve got an eye for practical solutions and can help you create and build beautiful outdoor esthetics for your backyard.