Retaining walls are often used on locations where there are slopes in the landscape. Retaining walls create a level area for planting, lawns, outdoor living spaces and functional use areas. Retaining walls and Landscape walls are an excellent way to add dimension to your overall landscape design and enhance your usable space. It is very important to use an experienced company such as Greenworks Designs to construct your retaining and landscape walls. From stacked rock, stone or block, to mortared stone over concrete, we build art backed by solid engineering, integrated into the overall Outdoor Living area design.
Retaining walls have become a must have in many Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware homes. Many homes have been built to enjoy the views. This means they are often on land with hills and slopes. In order to enjoy the landscape more fully, installing retaining walls to create level areas is essential. Retaining walls could be built out of many materials. Natural stone is by far the most eye appealing. Even with natural stone retaining walls there can be many different styles. You could build a dry set rock wall, mortared stone wall, thin split rock wall, split rock wall, and many more. With natural stone retaining walls the color and texture options are almost endless.
Other retaining wall options include brick, concrete, concrete block, you can even do a blend of two for strength and beauty. Sloping sites can benefit from the construction of retaining walls to provide more level areas for planting and other uses; walls are one of the most popular and useful hardscape additions to the landscape. It’s extremely important to understand the possibly catastrophic consequences of poor design or construction; the significant physical forces involved in holding back large quantities of soil and controlling water require very thorough engineering and careful construction.
The drawings and photo below show a wall built with interlocking concrete block, one of the best alternatives for a retaining wall; construction of other types of walls such as stone, timbers and railroad ties, share many of the underlying principles. The do it yourself installer will be wise to resolve any questions or concerns with the help of a qualified professional; you really don’t want to do this project twice!