Retaining walls serve a purpose, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful too.
Time was, retaining walls were huge slabs of concrete, solid barricades tirelessly holding back the earth to allow people access to sidewalks, driveways, patios and more. But like homes, which were originally built to protect inhabitants from the elements, retaining walls have evolved over the years from mere utilitarian structures to veritable works of art.
Retaining walls are sometimes necessary, but more often they are an optional tool that can be used to make more of your property functional and accessible. If your yard is a slope so steep it’s hard to walk on, you can’t really use that piece of your land. And if you can’t walk on it, you can’t mow it, and if you can’t mow it, you are likely stuck with a tangled mess of English ivy or a battalion of evergreen shrubs someone planted in an effort to keep the whole yard from washing away.
You can do better.
A retaining wall will make your land usable again. A common way to achieve this is by building a series of smaller walls in tiers. This is better than one higher wall because for one, no one will be able to fall off of it and get hurt, and two, you will be able to use the tiers for plantings.
Be careful when choosing large shrubs or small trees to plant in this area. These are popular choices, but depending on how much space you have in each individual tier, some walls might be better suited than others to accommodate the roots from these plants that will grow and take hold.
Sedum and creeping phlox are great choices for plantings in terraced gardens. Their bright, pillow-like blooms are a delight to behold and attract many species of butterflies. These grow to be even more attractive because in time they will eventually cascade down the sides of your walls.
Another cascading plant, albeit a seasonal one, that you can try in a retaining wall is strawberries — as long as your landscape is such that it will be easy to pick them.
Infinite Varieties of Retaining Walls
The options for size, shape, type of stone and design for retaining walls are practically endless. You can pair them with a new walkway, steps, a patio, fire pit, flower boxes or even a pergola.
If you would like to put in one or more retaining walls on your property, come down and talk to the experts at Earthworks Landscaping. We’ll talk to you about what you hope to achieve by building your walls and how you would like them to function in your landscape. We have an extensive gallery of pictures of our work to show you to give you ideas of what you might want in your yard.
Get started on your retaining wall today by calling Earthworks Landscaping.