How to Handle Slopes in your Landscaping

How to Handle Slopes in your Landscaping . . . Retaining walls. Yes, of course but there are many other ways to handle slopes in landscape design.

You will be surprised at how interesting and important these retaining methods can be.

The primary purpose of these sturdy structures is to prevent soil erosion and effectively hold back earth on sloped landscapes. They are usually made with masonry, stone, or concrete; however, we are going to show some other methods that are innovative and very effective.

1) Retaining Wall Method – Tandem/Belgard on entryway-stairway 4 ft. retaining wall.
2) Waterfall Retaining Wall Method – Extreme Slope – The waterfall masks the slope
3) Kitchen, Fireplace & Stairway Retaining Wall Method – the built wall is the security
4) Hot Tub Method – Swim -Spa & Deck become the retaining wall
5) Seatwall w/Backrest becomes the retaining wall method
6) Built-up wall to foundation elevation – becomes retaining wall
7) Pathway & Boulder Steps & Hot tub – retaining wall
8) Outdoor Kitchen becomes retaining wall
9) Boulders & Plantings style to retain soil from erosion

Retaining walls: A wall that holds a mass of Earth. Proper design & installation prevents materials from moving due to gravitational pull. These sturdy structures prevent soil erosion, may create useable beds in landscape design and may also mask as decorative and functional seat walls.

These important walls date back to ancient Egypt, used to harness the Nile river. Egyptians built Gabion style retaining walls from reeds to counteract flooding and soil erosion. Retaining walls diverted the flow of water from the Nile into reservoirs as well as fields for farming purposes.
Yes, modern times have brought innovations in materials used to build retaining walls, they have largely remained the same: preventing soil erosion, creating space, and diverting water.

A famous retaining wall – the Great Wall of China is the longest border wall in the world at more than 13,000 miles long. It has been called the longest feat of human engineering built from 1368 to 1644. Whew, if you have ever built a retaining wall of any size, you will understand why we included these amazing historical facts in this description.

This video will give you some useful outdoor living ideas for retaining walls and sloped landscapes. The Before & After projects may provide a solution for some spot in your landscape.

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