from Landscape Connection
Landscape Connection is the most trusted choice for designing and building retaining walls in yards and landscaping throughout Denver. Read more about the benefits of adding a retaining wall and how our team designs and executes the build.
A RETAINING WALL?
A retaining wall is a structure built into existing landscape that helps to create a divide between levels. It’s a supported wall made of a variety of materials but is considerably strong and holds back soil. They can be built to different heights to serve different purposes and create dimension in your landscaping. Building a retaining wall usually requires excavation of your existing yard so the wall can be graded and support all of the backfill.
For most Denver homes, adding a retaining wall requires no special permitting or licensure from the city.
Benefits of Adding Retaining Walls
for Patios & Walkways
– Adds Dimension & Height to Existing Landscape
– Creates more functional space for patios or planting
– Privacy and Security
– Slows and prevents erosion
– Water flow management
– Flood prevention
– Keeps soil in place, preventing erosion
Depending on the height of the wall and how much fill it’s meant to retain, walls are built of a variety of materials like stone, brick, poured concrete or a combination of materials.
Natural Stone Retaining Walls
Natural stone like flagstone (made of sandstone, slate, limestone, travertine, or bluestone) can be used to build retaining walls of various heights and styles. Depending on the height of the wall and how much soil it’s retaininging, the stones can be stacked or laid like bricks. The advantage of this style of wall is that it retains soil, but still allows for water drainage. For taller or stronger walls, concrete is poured and then the flagstone is inlaid. Flagstone can be matched or designed to complement your existing stone patios and walkways as well.
Manufactured Brick, Block and Paver Retaining Walls
ust like with patios and walkways, bricks, pavers and block are a budget-friendly way to get a customized retaining wall. The manufactured block comes in countless styles, shapes, materials and colors can be built to any size. Like flagstone, pavers and block allow for important water drainage. Paver blocks are particularly strong because they are built with a tongue-and-groove for extra strength and stability. Bricks and other stones can also be built like a traditional mortared brick wall – this is more costly method that has the added benefit of extra strength.
We can combine any type of stone with a poured concrete wall that is reinforced and anchored. This is particularly useful for retaining walls that hold a large amount of soil or are very high. The reinforced anchors are beneficial because they are able to withstand the seasonal expansion and contraction of soils with high water content.
HOW RETAINING WALLS
Depending on the topography and slope of your property, most retaining walls are built by removing and leveling the existing soil and ground cover. This is so the wall can be built on a flat surface, allowing for maximum strength and stability. Moving large amounts of soil typically requires heavy machinery.
The wall is then built and reinforced. We will dig a ditch for the foundation of the wall so that it’s strong enough to hold the soil behind it. Depending on the type of material it’s built out of, this can be a fairly long process. If it’s a poured design, the frame and mould are built and then the concrete is poured.
Once the wall is built in place, the soil is replaced behind the wall and remaining landscaping and patio design are completed.
If you’re ready to add a retaining wall to your landscaping project, get in touch with Landscape Connection. We will customize a design to match your home, patio and landscaping goals so that you can get the most of your outdoor space.