The retaining wall was created to hold back the earth. Because erosion is a process of nature, it means that soil can be removed from your property or get pushed up to the side of your house. Erosion can be the root cause of severe problems to your property.
Not every person uses retaining walls just for holding back soil. A garden wall is a type of wall that provides a homeowner with a usable surface area as well as being easy to incorporate into existing landscaping designs.
The materials of retaining walls
Stone and railroad ties were used to construct the earliest retaining wall types. The soil was dug up, and wood or stones were designed in the form of a wall. The soil was put back in behind the wall, and this provided a dual flat surface instead of a hill.
Today, the procedure is almost the same, but the materials are different. Pressure treated lumber is now used more often in place of railroad ties.
Installing untreated wood will likely cause issues with rotting when the wood is pressed up against soil.
When stones are used, a more natural and classic look is achieved especially when they are installed by an expert stonemason.
Bricks provide a modern look, but concrete blocks are the most inexpensive of the two. Some people utilize steel and poured concrete instead. As a homeowner, the type of material that you use will depend on what you decide to put in front of your wall.
Use with the Land
The most basic function of the retaining wall is to keep soil from sliding forward. Some people still keep the grass in the front of the wall while maximizing the remainder of their yard.
The wall, as a whole, will be exposed which is a matter of aesthetics. When a cheap masonry job is hired, it will affect the look of your yard, concrete walls are too industrial, but a customized stone wall is something that you will want to showcase.
Every retaining wall has a purpose. The exterior of your current yard will ultimately help you to decide the look of your newly purchased retaining wall.
Some people enjoy the layered landscape design and put most of the emphasis on placing decorative elements alongside the wall after it is installed.
One type of retaining wall that is used to enclose a garden is called a garden wall. Some people refer to these as a screen wall since they create a terrace garden effect.
One difference in this type of wall compared to a regular retaining wall is the construction.
A garden wall is not meant to hold back the heavy weight of the soil. These are used primarily for enclosing shrubs or flowers. Some homeowners install these walls near a patio or a pool.
Before you choose your perfect retaining wall, make sure to think about environmental issues. Because of the use of certain chemicals, treated lumber and railroad ties are now less commonly used, and a regular concrete wall might not have the correct drainage.
A segmental retaining wall or block type is now the most common in use due to the less expensive cost and environmentally-friendly construction. The blocks are pre-made and offer excellent drainage as well as a unique design.
Regardless of the materials, you select, a retaining wall will provide you with expanded use of your property. You will also have the benefit of bringing an elegant look to your current landscape.
This article was written by BUR-HAN Garden & Lawn Care Landscaping Vancouver
Bur-Han Garden and Lawn Care
2110 Front St, North Vancouver, BC V7H 1A3