Using a Retaining Wall to Prevent Erosion
While retaining walls can make beautiful additions to your landscape aesthetically, they can also be one of the most important additions to your landscape if you live in an area where your land is subject to damage caused by erosion.
Retaining walls are structures built to keep soil in place. They can be made from concrete, timbers, and even rocks or boulders. Retaining walls can help prevent your landscape from changing or from runoff due to erosion.
How Retaining Walls Prevent Erosion
Building a retaining wall can deter runoff and contain soil eroded by flowing water from rain and wind. Many landscapes on large plots of land typically have slopes or hills, which can cause a buildup of mud or drive water down to erode the land. A retaining wall can help avoid these mud buildups as well.
Essentially, the retaining wall’s purpose is to regulate drainage and move water and mud to areas less likely to be damaged. This will help boost the curb appeal of your landscape and save you money in repairs.
Preparing to Install a Retaining Wall
Before you begin plans to install retaining walls on your property, it is important to check with your HOA and ensure you do not need an additional permit to install one. Once permits are cleared, contact a trusted landscape designer to help with the design and placement of the retaining wall. They will help you draw up a plan, determine the dimensions, and find the most strategic place to install it.
The foundation of a retaining wall must be strong and durable, and the blocks should all be the same size and shape, then staggered for stability. How the water drains around your retaining wall is especially important to consider when placing your wall to deter erosion.
Types of Retaining Walls
Retaining walls can be built from many different materials; however, some are more sustainable than others.
Timber – Timber is one of the least expensive materials for retaining walls, but because it breaks down over time, it is typically not the most sustainable.
Stone – These walls are sustainable when constructed properly. These provide a natural look to the wall.
Brick – This material is also quite sustainable, and allows the option of choosing different colors and styles.
Veneer Walls – These walls are made of concrete and then topped with stone veneer. There are still many color and style options to choose from, and they look more expensive than their actual cost.
In addition to preventing erosion, retaining walls can also add a decorative element to your landscape. For more information on the best place to install a retaining wall on your property, book a consultation with us today.