Retaining walls are a specific type of landscaping installation that possesses both functional and aesthetic benefits. Understanding some of the reasons why you may want to install a retaining wall within your landscaping design can help you figure out if a retaining wall is the right fit for your design needs.
The most common reason a retaining wall will be chosen to be installed in a specific landscaping design is to, as the name would suggest, retain soil in a certain area. This is of specific concern to hills and slopes, which can suffer from erosion over time due to water runoff and eventually disappear. Thus, retaining walls can be used to provide an aesthetically pleasing border around the slopes in your landscape, creating a terraced design that is immune to erosion.
Another key advantage of retaining walls closely associated with the first point is the fact that retaining walls can be used to direct the flow of water in your yard. They have drains installed in them which can moderate the flow of water down a hill or through a series of terraces, preventing flooding and water pooling as already mentioned, but they can also be used to direct the flow of water to a specific area of your yard (or away from a specific area, inversely) depending on your yard's drainage needs.
Separate from the more practical reasons of water drainage and erosion control mentioned above, another reason to seriously consider installing a retaining wall within your home is that they can provide another area of the yard with which to decorate. Commonly made out of wood, natural stone, concrete, or other hardscaping materials, retaining walls can match an already existing aesthetic that your patio or other hardscaping areas in your yard have created while lending support to the soil that they are holding up. It's also important to note that since they create flat surfaces along a hill, retaining walls can be used to create flowerbeds where they would otherwise be difficult to establish, allowing you more flexibility with the gardening aspect of your landscape design.
Finally, another key advantage associated with retaining walls is the fact that they can protect buildings within your landscape from suffering from water damage and flooding due to improper drainage by directing the flow of water. This can help reduce cleanup and repair costs associated with basement flooding and foundation damage.
Contact a company like Rock Solid Services LLC for more information and assistance.