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Retaining Walls…an Easy, Affordable Way to Spruce Up any Landscape Design

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Retaining Walls…an Easy, Affordable Way to Spruce Up any Landscape Design

Retaining walls are beautiful structures that can seamlessly be worked into any landscape project. They can add visual interest to the landscape, serve as planters, add usable space to a yard, frame a patio or courtyard, or add a backdrop to other landscape elements.

There’s simply no denying the stunning visual effect that retaining walls have on a landscape design. They add lines, textures, colors and patterns that work harmoniously with other landscape elements in addition to complimenting the natural surroundings. Retaining walls can transform a yard into an old world style courtyard, give it the feel of a Spanish-style villa or an elegant oasis.

There’s a reason that the majority of homebuilders are big proponents of utilizing retaining walls. Retaining walls help to stabilize the slope, support the foundation of the house and reduce runoff. They cut back on the amount of fill needed and reduce disturbance to the natural vegetation. In addition, retaining walls enhance the beauty of a home and add value to it.

The Benefits of Modular Block Retaining Walls

Modular block is the preferred material for landscape retaining walls because it holds up beautifully in a harsh climate, such as we have here in Colorado. Modular block will not rot or decay, nor will it release harmful chemicals into the ground. The result is a retaining wall that not only looks good, but is environmentally friendly and will last a lifetime.

Modular block comes in an exciting variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures and styles. Two popular styles are tumbled block and the Ashler pattern. Tumbled block has a weathered, antique feel and portrays the look of natural stone. The Ashler pattern is multi-dimensional, that is, it utilizes blocks of different shapes and sizes to create the effect of hand-laid stone. Tumbled block and the Ashler pattern can be combined to create a myriad of different effects. Both come in solid or marbled colors.

Retaining Wall Considerations

Things to consider when installing a retaining wall are base, backfill, drainage, compaction, stabilization and reinforcement. Clean, crushed rock should be used as the base of the wall to provide a firm foundation. It should also be used inside the block and behind the wall to provide proper drainage. Some walls will need to utilize geogrid for added reinforcement and stabilization. A compactor is needed to properly compact the backfill and soil to prevent the retaining wall from moving or shifting.

Whether you have an existing home or are building a new home, whether you live in the city, on the plains, or in the mountains, whether your property is flat, gently sloping or has a steep grade, a retaining wall will add beauty, value, and intrigue to your outdoor environment.

Cornerstone Retaining Walls, Inc. is located in Evergreen, CO and specializes in the installation of modular block.  To view pictures of projects or to get more information, log on to www. or call Clint at 303-564-4175.