Landscaping walls are a great way to create separate areas within your Topeka home landscape. Frequently landscape walls are used to contain contain soil where elevation changes around your home. Yet here in Topeka, we have expanded the use of the traditional retaining wall to create some stunning effects and designs. Here are a few tips when incorporating retaining walls into your landscape:
- Be Creative - Utilizing different textures and shapes into the retaining wall can accent the existing landscape already in your yard. By using a long rope or hose you can layout your design and quickly make changes in the shape to visualize what works best in your Topeka home.
- Beware of the height - Retaining walls under four feet are easily planned and installed without worrying about the structure of the wall. However, above four feet and you will need to incorporate to pay attention to the details and make sure you are accounting for the stability of the wall. Our landscaping professionals have the experience and knowledge to assist with the engineering of these larger landscape retaining walls.
- Firm Base - Preparing the ground below the wall will avoid a landscape disaster later on. Dig several inches below the base, tamp the ground well and then use a filler of gravel to set the first layer of blocks. Take your time here and your retaining wall will last for years.
- Drainage - If your retaining wall follows a downward slope of your existing landscape then you will need to account for drainage to avoid erosion. The rainfall in Topeka can cause havoc and washout the base of your wall without proper drainage. Using gravel and drain pipe (cover with fabric to prevent clogging) to route water away from the base of the wall.
- Keep the Wall Level - Using a three to four foot level, make sure that each stone or block is level. An uneven retaining wall will not only detract from your landscape but creates stability issues that could cause your retaining wall to fail.
- Backfill for Support - As you finish each level of the wall, backfill with soil and tamp. This will create a sturdy base behind the wall that will not settle as much later.
- Top it Off - Use decorative landscape stones and blocks to finish off the top. This creates a clean finished look on the retaining wall that enhances your Topeka landscape
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