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Retaining Wall Designs: Combining Beauty & Functionality

Posted on: May 14, 2011

Does your yard have a steep hill that makes you feel limited in your landscaping design choices?  Don’t give up just yet – consider a retaining wall!  Retaining walls are designed to support elevation changes on your property and hold back soil to prevent erosion.  With retaining wall installation, your landscape design worries will be over, even if your home is on a hill.

Retaining Wall Designs

Four Seasons Landscaping & Nursery’s retaining wall contractors will make sure your retaining wall not only serves its function correctly but looks good as well!  Not one retaining wall is the same – it all depends on your design preferences.  When choosing the material (and your retaining wall contractors can help with this), you have a number of options.  

Concrete block retaining wall contractors – beauty has never been more attainable!  A decorative concrete block retaining wall is one of the more affordable choices, and our retaining wall experts can give you tips on the different patterns, colors and sizes to choose from.     

Brick retaining wall contractors – brick can bring distinction to your yard, especially if complemented with a brick patio.  If your retaining wall is going to be a seat wall, consider a bluestone cap since brick nicely complements bluestone.     

Stone retaining wall contractors – a popular choice for retaining walls, natural stone (limestone, granite, flagstone, slate, etc.) can offers a refined look for your yard.  Depending on what type of stone you want for your retaining wall, appearance will vary.  Granite stone, for example, is reddish like brick.  Slate retaining walls, on the other hand, are gray and lighter in color – simpler but just as attractive.

For stone walls, you have a choice of dry laid stone or mortared stone, size of stone and height of the retaining wall.  Again, it depends on your own personal design preferences   Keep in mind, though, that smaller walls tend to look better with smaller stones while larger stones generally make up taller retaining walls.

Another way to landscape a steep hill or slope is to build a paved pathway or steps, although retaining walls tend to be more functional, and they can more easily act as the beautiful focal point of your yard.  No matter what type of material you choose for your retaining wall, you can count on it to look good and do a great job of preventing soil erosion.

Superior Retaining Wall Contractors

From retaining wall designs to installation and softscape design (plantings) around the wall, we have you covered.  Whether you want a tall flagstone retaining wall or short curved brick retaining wall, look to the best.  If you’re ready to install a beautiful retaining wall in your yard, contact the expert retaining wall contractors in Maryland at Four Seasons Landscaping & Nursery today!


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