Does your backyard slope toward your property? You may benefit from a fantastic view or added privacy, but it won’t take long to notice that a sloped backyard can also pose real challenges. Rainfall and snow will flow down your sloped landscape and can threaten your home’s foundation. Over time, this leads to erosion and a water buildup around your foundation that can gradually create cracks that threaten the home’s structural integrity. The good news is that you can fix a sloped yard in a few different ways – landscaping walls are one of the best solutions.
How to Fix a Sloped Yard with Landscaping Walls
What Problems Does a Sloped Yard Cause?
Yards with steep slopes toward the home can cause a range of interconnected problems. Soil erosion caused by stagnant water is one of the major threats, as it carries debris directly to your property.
Steep inclines can also cause water to collect directly around the foundation of a property, exerting pressure and causing cracks to form in your home’s foundation over time. The home may become uninhabitable if you don’t take the right steps to correct the problem.
Sloped yards also make gardening and landscaping more difficult. Everything from mowing the lawn to tilling soil for a flower or vegetable garden becomes harder. In many ways, a sloped yard limits your landscaping options as well.
How Do Landscaping Walls Fix a Sloped Yard?
Landscaping walls allow homeowners to overcome the challenge of gravity by preventing erosion and ensuring that water can’t reach the foundation while simultaneously adding character to an outdoor space. Brick or concrete retaining wall blocks don’t force you to choose between form and function because they can give you both!
Installing landscaping walls is a complex process that involves multiples steps:
- Digging a trench along the path the landscaping wall will take.
- Adding sand as bedding.
- Installing a drainage system.
- Laying down the base.
- Building the wall — which doesn’t have to be tall but should prevent rain from reaching your foundation.
Landscaping walls can be made from various materials, including concrete, stone, and bricks. In some cases, DIY enthusiasts may even choose to build their own retaining walls. In this case, interlocking blocks are often the best choice as they are easy to work with.
Hiring a professional landscaping contractor is, however, usually the best way forward and can prevent extra costs down the road. Landscaping walls are not cosmetic features when you have a sloped yard. The structural integrity of your home may depend on the quality of the work.
Alternatives to Landscaping Walls
Homeowners who would prefer not to install landscaping walls have several other ways to protect their foundations. Instead of a landscaping wall, you could also opt for terraces, a French drain, or erosion control plants that develop deep roots.
Are you not sure how to move forward? Discuss your options with Arbor Hills Landscaping – a local landscaping contractor and ask for a FREE quote. You may discover that the challenge you’ve been worrying about paves the way toward a beautiful yard where you’ll want to spend all your free time.
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