Retaining Walls and Masonry
Landscaping involves more than just maintaining your greenery. Changing the structural appearance of your home's front and backyards is also an integral part of the landscaping process. Retaining walls and masonry add another 'finishing touch' to your landscape design. Installing the 'right' retaining walls and masonry to your home's outdoor environment not only enhances the beauty and structural integrity of your landscape, they can also increase the value of the property itself. Another way to increase the value of a home is to add in some landscaping for privacy.
A Look at Retaining Walls and Masonry
Both retaining walls and masonry have become a relatively popular landscaping element, whether used for structural purposes or decorative purposes. Let's take a closer look at both.
Retaining walls are considered essential for lands sloping downhill, since it helps contain soil behind its wall system (both vertically and horizontally). Retaining walls work to prevent soil or ground movement from erosion, wet soil and landslides from occurring. There are several different types of different retaining walls used in residential landscaping, including:
- Gravity Walls - This design is suitable for smaller gardens or elevated garden beds. This type of retaining wall usually does not measure any higher than 4 feet tall. This particular design helps hold back soil behind a smaller wall, relying on the weight bearing down it.
- Segmental Walls - This design is made for walls that measure more than 4 feet high. It works as a reinforced wall system for medium to large wall heights. Segmental retaining walls are typically built using modular, interlocking concrete blocks that work to hold back a sloping face of soil, creating a solid, vertical front.
- Curvaceous Walls - This design is best for wall heights that do not exceed 11 feet total. Each elevation measures as much as 3.5 feet high, interconnecting in four different levels. This design provides the most curb appeal for a home's landscape, especially if you have a garden setting.
Masonry adds a nice finishing touch to your landscape - and it's built to last, too. It's used in the construction of various elements of landscaping design, including pillars, columns, seat walls, fire pits, fireplaces and even entire outdoor kitchens. Masonry construction often uses materials like brick, marble, granite, stone, concrete block, tile, stucco, limestone, cast stone and travertine.
It's also used for constructing strong yet attractive retaining walls. Besides the whole resilience factor, masonry lends itself to an incredible variety of designs made to enhance any landscape design.
Austin Masonry Services and Retaining Walls
Retaining walls are practical and eye catching elements to include in your Austin landscape design. In addition to solving a range of problems, they also provide a number of unique options for planting and vegetation.
If you’re looking to increase curb appeal, refresh your entertaining space or give your front-entry courtyard a face-lift contact Greenscapes Landscaping & Pools today. Our Austin masonry and retaining wall experts are here to help bring your project to life. Call (512)-263-3669 today our fill out our consultation request form at the top of this page.