Retaining walls installed on Hudson, OH, landscapes with gradient changes are usually designed to provide essential support for the soil. These hardscape features need to be well-designed and integrated with the rest of the house. Aside from its main functional use, a retaining wall can be built as an attractive feature that adds aesthetic appeal to the backyard. Here is why a retaining wall would be beneficial for any property.
Retaining walls have an essential role in keeping soil in place. They are a necessity in properties that are laying on a steep slope or a hill, as they act as a barrier to prevent the soil from sliding forward. Ohio gets close to the average percentage of rainfall in the U.S., so a retaining wall can be a vital element to wet transitions for any property, as heavy rain speeds up soil degradation. The quality of the retaining wall determines the level of prevention achieved. Our team has years of experience in building retaining walls that last for years to come in the area of Northeast Ohio. Contact us today to get us started on your retaining wall, and protect your family from the risks that a sloped backyard could have on your landscape and your home’s foundation.
Preventing Soil Erosion
The last thing any homeowner wants is the property soil to move toward the home and create a landslide during a rainstorm. Preventing soil erosion is an important safety consideration for any landscape that stands on a slope. Soil erosion is especially prevalent in areas where there isn’t any trees and shrubs to help hold the soil in place. Aside from providing soil support to reduce soil erosion, retaining walls help reduce surface runoff by lowering sharp gradients. So, when the water travels down the surface, it goes at a slower pace, which also reduces erosion.
Another critical benefit of retaining walls is providing flood control. Retaining walls fulfill this role by aiding water drainage through integrated drainage pipes. A high-quality retaining wall offers safety for the property experiencing a drought, as erosion can have disastrous effects on uneven land. When it comes to designing the retaining wall a landscape needs, it is important to take into consideration things such as height, materials, and quality of work. There is a variety of stone materials you could use to achieve an aesthetically pleasing retaining wall. Our team at J.F.D. Landscapes can help you build a retaining wall of the right height, length, and materials that will add to the beauty of the landscape. A retaining wall needs all of these qualities to bear the weight of the soil that is pressing against it as well as the weight of its landscape stones.
Aside from keeping soil in place and providing flood control, a retaining wall can also be an attractive addition to your landscape. With beautiful stone work, it could become a focal point. It’s also a practical way to break up spaces within your landscape and open up the possibilities of how you use your yard. Terracing with retaining walls is a functional way to add space in the yard that can be used for planting. The overall effect is a blend of softscape and hardscape features.