Walls are a common occurrence and a useful tool for landscape design. They can be used to hold back soil (retaining wall) or free-standing. Walls can be constructed from decorative block, natural boulders, natural wall stone, or wood.
Free-standing walls are a versatile option within a landscape and can be used to achieve many different goals. They can be used alongside a path or walkway to control foot traffic. They can be used to create seating around patios or fire features. Columns can be added to increase stability, add a certain aesthetic, or hide wiring for landscape lighting.
Retaining walls can achieve many of the same objectives as a free-standing wall but with one important difference. Retaining walls hold back soil. This is often done to create a flatter, more useable space. But it can also be done to control erosion or create a hillside terrace.
Retaining Wall Maintenance
Inspect retaining walls each spring for settling or shifting. If you find settling behind the wall, add soil to correct the issue and keep water flowing away from the wall. If you find that the wall itself has shifted, contact a retaining wall specialist to take corrective action.