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Utilizing A Retaining Wall In Order To Landscape A Garden

Author : Petro Solt

There are many methods of landscaping a lawn with plants and paving however just how much could you do with a normal old garden wall? Rather a lot, it seems, as long as it's a retaining wall we are referring to. Your retaining wall is actually a specific kind of wall structure with a diverse function to your common-or-garden-type border wall structure. The latter are incredibly useful in that they keep domestic pets and small children safely on the yard and intruders and curious eyes out a person might dress them up using plaster or paint but that is about it. A retaining wall, on the other hand, holds the potential to be an extremely eye-catching garden landscaping feature.

You might have encountered retaining walls as you drive along your country's roadways. Civil engineers frequently use them where there's an embankment on one or both sides of a roadway to keep a vertical wall of earth in position and prevent it from slipping down and coating the road. Numerous hilly roads have retaining wall surfaces, especially where the road has been literally carved out of the mountainside. Retaining walls will also be located anywhere where the terrain slants and it is necessary to develop a sequence of terraces. In this scenario they operate not only as an architectural feature but additionally as a way of stopping soil erosion upon sloping ground.

Normally, retaining walls as they pertain to municipal engineering are not relevant in the backyard landscaping scenario; however, they can be put to excellent use in gardens to create terraces and landscaping features. What is more, the retaining wall in the home garden environment allows you to make better and more imaginative use of the space available for you. They are inclined to be exciting to the eye and can be built to include seating, water features and even an abundance of vegetation either in conventional flower boxes or growing out from niches at non linear intervals along the wall surface.

You'll be able to make a terraces or a series of terraces using retaining walls in the event your garden slopes by natural means but if it is level then you may prefer to consider a sunken garden. Sunken gardens can be quite exotic-looking and can be pleasing to spend time in during summertime provided there is sufficient shade and foliage dotted about. In the winter months a submerged garden can provide protection from the wind and become a sheltered spot where one can spend some time outdoors.

The construction of a retaining wall can be a labor-intensive procedure needing some skill, even in a small home garden, and building plans might possibly be necessary, hence it might be wise to get a contractor who specializes in this kind of work to come and do it for you. There are lots of paving companies available on the internet, many of which feature the building of retaining walls in their services, so you probably will not have any trouble finding someone to make a retaining wall in your garden. What you might have trouble accomplishing is deciding what style of retaining wall you want from the plethora of alternatives that are in existence.

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