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How Can I Utilize My Sloped or Uneven Back Yard?

patio & reataining wallVery often in this area (Northern Virginia) home owners have a lot of back yard that they can not utilize due to steep slopes or uneven grades.  Some problems may also be due to washed out or eroded areas that just can not support new plantings or grass. Retaining walls are a great way to correct those issues and create a whole new usable outdoor space. There are many types and styles of retaining wall that can be constructed to meet the homeowner’s needs.

Retaining walls can be a creative way to support new soils used to level a back yard area or hold back an area that is excavated out to create a patio or driveway extension. Retaining walls can also have dual or multiple uses. These walls work great for creating extra seating around patios or landscape features. Low walls can also create unique borders for an elevated landscape area or garden.   Elevated patios that are built using a retaining wall system can develop into a stunning multi level patio system with different elevations to create several different outdoor rooms all within one landscape.

Many erosion and drainage issues can be solved with a retaining wall system. These systems can be used to reduce the slope and help develop a sustainable growing environment. Some of the walls can also be constructed to channel, divert, or collect storm water. After the water is controlled, the walls will direct the flow of the run-off and work with support systems like catch basins, or county storm water collection ponds.

retaing wall playground 2From Timber walls, modular block (paver) walls, or stone and brick, retaining walls come in a variety of styles.  Each style has it’s own unique construction method as well as strength and durability. Most walls have a specific use or function that works best for that construction style. Budget can also help find the suitable construction material.  Properly constructed retaining walls can last a lifetime and dramatically change an unusable yard into a fully functional recreation area.

Construction of these walls takes careful planning and design.  Therefore, this is not a project that most home owners should try to do on their own. Premium Lawn & landscape is a Class “A” contractor, and is licensed in all Northern Virginia counties to construct any type of retaining wall. With our own designers and years of experience, we have constructed hundreds of walls from the small garden/drainage wall to large 15′ tall earth retention systems.  Please contact Premium if you are interested in constructing a retaining wall on your property.