If your home is on a sloped landscape chances are you have or are considering a retaining wall. A retaining wall is a stone wall that is commonly built into sloped landscapes because they provide both an aesthetic appeal as well as a functional purpose. So what’s their functionality? Here are three reasons that retaining walls are an important part of landscape design:
Increased Land Area
For sloped landscapes it’s difficult to grow gardens and established flower beds, but with a retaining wall you can actually get more use out of sloped land. They provide a homeowner with more flat ground to plant flowers and other greenery. The walls offer functional partitions between open grass and gardens, as well as offer unique layers to a landscape.
Added Foundation Protection
Retaining walls are designed to work against gravity. If your home is built on even the slightest slope, soil can fall away from your foundation, causing your landscape to erode over time. This erosion can potentially damage the structure of your home, creating big problems for you and your wallet. To prevent this, retaining walls decrease the angle of the slope and hold soil in place so that your home doesn’t fall victim to land erosion.
Unique Seating Areas
Finally, you can make the most of your retaining wall if you transform it into a functional seating area. You can add cushions to the ledge or have a bench installed against the wall to create a more cozy space.
Overall retaining walls are extremely beautiful, practical and an eye catching addition to landscape design. At Dr. Shultz Home and Tree Services we have the tools and knowledge to excavate your landscape and install retaining walls to protect your property and enhance your curb appeal. Call us or click here for a quote today!