There are countless ways to beautify residential and commercial properties. Marylanders routinely utilize landscaping, hardscaping, and light construction to create gorgeous gardens, elegant patios, and functional backyard oases. Building a retaining wall is a common choice for home and business owners seeking to create the perfect landscape from the ground up. Are you up to the challenge? Take a look at these suggestions and visit Lehnhoff’s Supply for all of the materials you’ll need to build a retaining wall.
What is the Purpose of a Retaining Wall?
Retaining walls have numerous advantages, but they are most often installed to adjust the existing grade of a slope or hill. An area may be unusable due to a gradual slope, or it may present challenges with mowing or erosion control. Building a retaining wall allows property owners to create flat areas that are more suited to gardening, building, maintenance, and other uses.
Blocks and Natural Stone are Ideal for DIY Retaining Walls
Building a retaining wall isn’t just a practical endeavor; these structures can add significant visual appeal. Selecting materials and designs that complement the rest of your property is crucial. While materials like cinder blocks and railroad ties can be used to shore up steep grades in a pinch, many property owners prefer the look of natural stone products that are more in line with their desired aesthetic. Whether you prefer cut stone blocks or fieldstones, the colors, shapes, and textures of the stones you choose will lend a timeless beauty to your landscape.
Key Construction Tips
While it is certainly possible for beginning landscapers to build effective retaining walls, there are a few key aspects of construction to consider:
- Approach your project with a plan. Are you building a segmental retaining wall, cantilevered wall, or stacked stone wall? How tall will your wall be? Answer these questions (and more) before you lay your first brick.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Low walls and raised garden beds are ideal projects for beginners. However, depending on the size and scale of your project, you may need input from a professional to ensure that your new wall will stand the test of time.
- Use appropriate materials. You may choose to use stone, wood, or concrete for your retaining wall. Each material has its own pros, cons, lifespan, and maintenance requirements, so make sure to use the best material for your wall’s specific design. You’ll also need to stock up on fill material to occupy the gap behind your new wall.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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