Your house looks picture perfect, from the tops of its shingles to its bottom-most entry step. Understandably, you want your yard to look just as beautiful and grand as your home, but you have a little problem: an uneven slope. It dips and drops, suddenly, and you worry that the soil around these areas will erode over time or make it unstable for your visitors. Maintaining your yard with those unmanageable hills can prove to be difficult and expensive.
Luckily for you, you can call on Cottonwood Landscapes LLC to transform your yard with beautiful retaining walls. Our walls are both functional and stunning, so you can make the most of your garden space.
Add A Retaining Walls To Your Backyard Oasis
Materials To Match Your Style
Many homeowners install simple retaining walls to hold or retain the soil. However, you can take this necessary feature a step further and turn it into an eye-catching focal point with the right materials.
As a premium builder of landscaping and retaining walls, we understand that you want materials that complement your style. That is why we offer the following retaining wall materials:
- Segmental Blocks
- Dry Stacks
- Wood Ties
We use only top-quality materials to ensure that your retaining wall looks beautiful, refined, and elegant.
Aside from the materials that you use to actually build your wall, another key component of retaining walls is the finish, which greatly affects the durability and aesthetic of the final design. Learn about some popular surface finishes for retaining walls, below:
- Stain: Perfect for any sort of interlocking materials, such as stone, brick, or concrete blocks. Water-based stains help give your wall a more complete, uniform look, and help protect it from the elements.
- Stucco: If you use some cheap or unsightly materials to build your wall, then it can be to your benefit to apply a layer of stucco over the surface, which still provides texture to your wall and a natural aesthetic of earthy tones.
- Veneer: Another great option to add to a plain or ordinary outer wall is veneer, which is a layer of thin bricks and stones that are held together by concrete. This is a more cost effective way to get the look of natural stone, but without a solid stone wall.
Inspiration For the Occasion
At Cottonwood Landscapes LLC, we understand that every home and homeowner is different. Your yard requires a special touch that only our talented designers can provide. Learn more about some of the uses that our customers commonly have for retaining walls, below:
- Segment the backyard into different terraces with varying levels of elevation. This helps organize your backyard, better, and makes it aesthetically pleasing.
- Separate your patio from the rest of the backyard with a retaining wall that puts your patio at a lower elevation from the rest of your yard, making it appear cut out.
- Create a border in your front yard by placing retaining walls between your yard and the sidewalk. This is especially great if you use climber plants to adorn your walls.
- Outline your driveway by raising your yard up on a retaining wall around the concrete of your driveway.
Elements Of A Retaining Wall
A retaining wall is different from other walls that you can use in your yard, due to the uniquely engineered design that goes into building one. There are several different key components of a retaining wall that make it functional and visually stunning. Here are the important parts of any retaining wall:
- Outer Wall: The part of the wall that you actually see. This is where the beautiful materials, whether stone, wood, or concrete, are used.
- Drainage Stone: A layer of stone that goes between the outer wall and the soil of the yard around it. It prevents water from gathering up behind the wall, and eroding the stone, concrete, or wood.
- Filter Fabric: A thin layer of tough fabric that wraps around the drainage stone to prevent the soil from packing into the stone and preventing water drainage.
- Batter: The batter isn’t actually a physical piece of the wall, but is the angle at which the wall leans backward into the soil around it. Typically, it is recommended that retaining walls have a batter of 1 inch for every 1 foot tall the wall is.
- Weep Hole: A gap in the wall that should be spaced out every 6 or so feet, in order to let excess water escape from the base of the wall.
- Footing: A layer of concrete that is placed at the base of the wall for support.
- Footing Drain: A pipe through the footing that carries water out to the weep holes in the wall.
One of the great benefits of having a retaining wall is the ability to add plants to the outer wall to help blend it in with the rest of your property. The key to doing this is to use climber plants, which include types of vines, ivies, and certain flowers. Here are some common types of climber plants:
- Boston Ivy
- Californian Lilac
- Potato Vine
- Chocolate Vine
See What Our Clients Say
Can A Pool House Be A Guest House?
Can A Pool House Store Yard Tools
Add Value To Your Home
There’s no question that adding a retaining wall to your home adds value to your life and your equity. Experts estimate that a Retaining Wall adds anywhere between 5-8% to your property value.