With the heart of summer upon us, it’s the right time to get out of the city and spend some more time caring for your backyard here in the heart of the Philadelphia suburbs. Many back yards in our area could benefit from the addition of a retaining wall: a stone or concrete wall with a flower garden that gives backyards a beautiful and polished look. Any back yard that is a little hilly, or that has a terraced look, is a likely prospect for this type of addition.
Here are four advantages of building a retaining wall.
1) Level Out and Reclaim Space
When you bought your home on top of a hill for a magnificent view of the valley, the struggles that go along with slopey landscaping didn’t come to mind. A slanted backyard makes maintaining an exposed garden difficult. Now that it’s the summertime, though, you probably want to make good use of your yard. A great way to do this is to build a retaining wall that will level out the land and easily contain your plant or flower beds.
On a practical level, a retaining wall is beneficial in that it prevents further downward slope movement. An even bigger plus of installing a retaining wall, however, is that your unused, hilly yard will be transformed into a landscaped oasis.
2) Keep Soil in Place
A retaining wall contains soil into a set spot, which prevents erosion. Without a protective stone wall, garden soil could shift around during storms, or worse yet, during flooding. In order for your retaining wall to functionally keep soil in place, it’s important that it’s constructed properly. You’ll need to make sure to check your local building codes before beginning construction, as digging under the lawn is required.
3) Reduce Maintenance
When your garden beds are enclosed with walls, the time spent on maintenance of your backyard will automatically decrease. Additionally, retaining walls reduce weather-related upkeep by protecting soil and plants from water damage. So, think of a retaining wall as an aesthetically pleasing investment that is also the key to less landscaping maintenance in the future.
4) Lookin’ Good
When you install a retaining wall, your backyard will look so much better! The soil beds with purple irises and ferns surrounded by a natural stone wall will really enhance your backyard. The stone wall in particular creates a perfect outdoor ambience, as it appears less man-made than other materials do. Depending on personal preference and design vision, however, there are many options for the material of a retaining wall, including natural stone, wood timber, or concrete blocks.
From summer to winter, the organized patches of wall and garden beds will make your backyard look sleeker. Overall, the landscaped atmosphere of a retaining wall will really add value to your home.