When you hear the term “retaining wall” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? You might think it’s a huge structure specifically designed to keep back erosion and other issues there might be. This is a big reason for retaining walls, but it’s not the only reason. There are so many ways a retaining wall can be used in your hardscape and landscape whether it’s to section off areas in your yard, surround stairs or a pathway, and more. Here are five reasons why your home could benefit from a retaining wall in your hardscape design.

Think About Your Lifestyle: There are a number of ways a retaining wall can benefit your lifestyle and outdoor living space. In your yard, it can create areas for entertainment such as having the patio and outdoor kitchen in one area while the kids and pets can have fun down in the grass. If you enjoy gardening, a retaining wall can create the perfect tiered area to grow fruits and flowers.

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Adds Beauty: With your hardscape and landscape designs, you can let your creativity run free. The only limitation you have is the size of your yard. Retaining walls help aid your design making it a key part of the final result.

Limits Flooding: Retaining walls can effectively help direct the drainage in your yard. It’s extremely important that water from the rain, sprinkler system, hose, etc. doesn’t flow back towards the house so the foundation is safe from water damage and other structural problems that come from it. A drain can be installed in the base of the retaining wall to help redirect the water.

Retains Soil: Soil erosion happens naturally because of rain and wind. If it goes unchecked there could be issues like water draining towards the house, the structure of the ground weakening, areas get blocked because of rocks and soil, and more. A retaining wall keeping the soil where it needs to be and makes it harder for the soil to erode away.

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Saves You Money: You’ll have less maintenance to keep up with and the wall is durable enough to last for years. The only maintenance the wall will need is if you have flowers planted around it and making sure it’s given a deep cleaning once a year.