The last year was among the wettest on record in Nashville. This year seems to be off to a wet start as well, as we already surpassed our monthly rainfall average by nearly an inch in January. One of the problems homeowners have been seeing as a result of the excessive rainfall is erosion, especially on sloped properties or hilly yards. If you’re experiencing soil erosion and have a sloped property, adding a retaining wall can solve the problem. However, you don’t have to think of retaining walls as only a solution to erosion – they offer many benefits.
Improves Curb Appeal & Home Value
Whether you choose a natural stone retaining wall or concrete block style, you will improve your home’s curb appeal and therefore the value. Fill your newly created flat area with a beautiful flower bed in front of your house or add a rock garden. In the back, add grass for a play area or landscape it as well. Whatever your style and preference, retaining walls make for an eye-catching feature in any yard.
Creates Usable Space
If you look at your back yard and see a hill that’s too steep to do anything with, consider adding a retaining wall. Retaining walls at the back of the property can give you a flat area to entertain, play in or to plant shrubs and trees. If your backyard slopes toward your home, a retaining wall can create useable space by creating a level area that you can turn into a new patio.
Retaining walls help rainwater runoff by slowing down the speed of the water coming down the hill. With the addition of underground drainage, you can also direct the water where you want it to go. However, with a flat surface and water-loving plants in the newly created flat area, the excess water will be used.
Sloped yards are difficult to mow. Even if you have a yard company cutting your grass, they’re probably charging a premium for your excessive slope. Whether you add grass or landscaping to the newly created flat area, you reduce your maintenance. Plus, you have the added benefit of not having to deal with fixing damage from water runoff.
If you’re considering a retaining wall for your property, come by The Rock Place at 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna or call us at (615) 459-9200. We can help you with the perfect solution to your sloped property issues by recommending the right materials for your retaining wall.