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Could Your Yard Be in Need of a Retaining Wall?

retaining wallHomes built on or around hilly terrain always seem to have their own unique look. They really stand out from neighboring houses and exude a special quality. However, there are some challenges involved when it comes to hills and sloping land, particularly if the house or another structure is near the slope.  Due to erosion, soil often becomes unstable, which can lead to a lot of problems. A whole section of your land could become dangerously fragile. Eventually this could end up affecting the structure of your home. The good news is that there is a solution for this: the installation of a retaining wall. With a retaining wall you will be able to protect your home and land while at the same time preserving your landscaping.

What Does a Retaining Wall Do?

As the name implies, a retaining wall retains or holds soil in place. While functional, this type of wall can also be quite decorative. While you may picture something that is boring and straight, a retaining wall does not have to be that way at all. Depending upon your yard, the wall you put in could be curved, round, or perhaps more of an S-shape. It is really up to you how you would like it to look. In addition, there are many different materials to choose from. Stone, brick, or concrete are just a few of your options. Just as with your home and yard itself, you can have a retaining wall different from all others.

Can I Put in a Retaining Wall Myself?

While it is possible to put one up by yourself, you will have to spend a lot of money on all of the necessary supplies and take the time to learn how to do it. However, because a retaining wall is not strictly for decoration and it is very important that it is installed the right way, a DIY approach is not recommended. Only professional landscapers know how to build an effective retaining wall.

They will have a lot of experience working with different types of soil as well as the knowledge to make sure things proceed as they should. The nice thing about a retaining wall is that after it is put in, you will have the option to add other elements, such as plants and flowers. If you enjoy gardening, this is the part of the project that you can definitely do yourself.

If you are noticing some issues in your yard and think shifting soil could be the problem, get in touch with Landscape Solutions & Design. Our experts will come out to your home and review the situation. If a retaining wall is the best solution, we will talk to you about your options and get your input. Then we will make plans to construct a beautiful and practical retaining wall to accent your home.