When homeowners think about outdoor living features, they often imagine patios, decks, and outdoor kitchens. However, one important feature that facilitates those outdoor entertaining spaces is a retaining wall. This critical landscape element does more than just look pretty! Here is what every homeowner needs to know about adding a retaining wall to their outdoor living spaces.
What Does a Retaining Wall Do?
Retaining walls are very common in areas that need a little extra TLC to stop all of the soil from moving downhill from erosion. Retaining walls help to stop gravity from pulling things that you don’t want pulled, like soil and plants, down a slope. Retaining walls are commonly used to provide usable land on slopes. While you probably aren’t living on a farm on a hill, that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t use a retaining wall to add some additional plantings to your landscape.
Retaining walls also work to manage water runoff. They buffer the flow of rainwater through your yard by absorbing some of it and passing on very little. The greater the number of plantings that you have in your retaining wall, the more water it will absorb. On a practical outdoor living level, retaining walls also serve as extra seating. If your retaining wall is nestled up against a beautiful portion of landscaping, it might become your favorite spot to spend time with a friend.
Do You Need a Retaining Wall?
Now that you know what a retaining wall does, it’s time to decide whether or not your yard needs one. You should definitely install a retaining wall if your property has a problem with downhill erosion. Retaining walls are your single best defense against erosion ripping apart your landscape. If your home is downhill from soil fault lines, it’s also a sign that erosion isn’t far off. Again, install a retaining wall to protect the investment you’ve made in your outdoor living spaces.
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