5 Benefits of Building a Landscape Retaining Wall on a Slope

Landscape retaining walls are a popular option for properties that are uneven or on a slope of any kind. Concrete retaining walls offer a variety of benefits.

Retaining walls help define space in your yard, create elevated beds for flowers and trees, add value to your home, and prevent erosion. Especially on a steep slope, they protect against sinkholes and water drainage.

If you’re still on the fence, here are 5 benefits to building a landscape retaining wall. The topics that will be covered include:

  • Terraced Garden
  • Erosion Control
  • Endless Versatility
  • Durable and Low Maintenance
  • Adds Property Value
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Terraced Garden

If you live on a sloped lot, you miss out on using your yard to its full potential. For example, garden beds full of vegetables or flowers will only wash downhill after a heavy downpour.

A series of concrete retaining walls can serve dual purposes, preventing mudslides and redirecting surface flow so that you have more usable space for gardening.

Erosion Control

Building a retaining wall on a slope can control erosion by holding soil in its place.

According to Sperling’s Best Places, Portland, Oregon gets 44 inches of rain and 100 measurable precipitation days per year. Whereas the national average is 39 inches of rain per year. That is why we also recommend setting up a drainage system if you do not have one already installed.

Be sure to have your contractor assess your drainage and erosion issues during the installation process.

Endless Versatility

From concrete blocks to stone veneer to pour concrete, you have a lot of options of the choose from for your retaining wall. You can also build a wall using brick, wood, gabion, boulders or environmentally friendly products.

Shapes and sizes are other qualities that you can personalize to compliment your landscape or recreate a style of architecture.

Durable and Low Maintenance

Retaining walls require almost no maintenance after installation.

The concrete is made to withstand harsh weather conditions, so you won’t have to worry about repairing or replacing your wall anytime soon.

Adds Property Value

Your retaining wall can be custom-built to give your yard the look and feel you desire.

You can have a series of exposed-aggregate walls that are connected by a lighted staircase. Other choices include a stamped concrete wall that resembles stone or brick or a stained retaining wall.

Also, imagine how the vegetable and flower gardens will look along the retaining wall. The lush greenery will charm your guests or interested home buyers.

Build Your Retaining Wall with GWC Decorative Concrete

At GWC Decorative Concrete, we pride ourselves in being Portland’s best concrete contractors since 1997.

Featured on Houzz and Angie’s List, our award-winning services help individuals and families bring out the best of their home at an affordable price.

Contact us to receive a free consultation and get started on your next landscaping project.