4 Reasons to Add Retaining Walls to Your Yard

Nov 27 2023
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Adding any kind of retaining walls to a yard is usual not something we “opt” to do but something absolutely “have” to do. But that doesn’t mean it can’t look absolutely lovely and really add to the yard beautifully not just responsibly. The closet thing we have here is a retaining wall I put up around an L shaped garden by our home. Unfortunately I built it out of wood and its looking worse and worse year after year. Lodi did a lovely thing covering it with steel though so it will last longer for us!

Steel Walled Garden Update - A sweet surprise from Lodi. I'm really proud of our L shaped garden that wraps around the North
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Retaining walls come in handy for homeowners looking to enhance their landscape, particularly for lawns with steep slopes, inclines, and dips. They’re often built using stone, bricks, or concrete. Since they can change water flow and negatively affect neighbors, their construction must align with the local building regulations and ordinances.

Adding retaining walls to your landscape can help serve various purposes. Discussed below are four reasons to add retaining walls to your yard.

1.   Curb soil erosion and flooding

A Retaining Wall is a perfect solution for addressing landscaping concerns like flooding and soil erosion. They offer appropriate drainage without risking your property. Over time, exposed slopes or inclines in your home can erode because of wind and rain, resulting in your landscape sloughing and vista suffering. Retaining walls can help address these issues in various ways, including:

  • Drainage: A great draining wall can be designed to drain and channel water properly, avoiding the water rivers that can cause soil erosion
  • Retention: A retaining wall holds water in position against the sturdy wall, ensuring it holds its place
  • Planting: they can function as raised terraces where you can plant trees, gardens, or shrubs. These plants can help hold soil in position using their roots

Since retaining walls can offer directed drainage, adding one or more to your property can help your landscape design better channel water to drain away from your home. With this, you can avoid flash flooding, pooling water, and any other water that can destroy your buildings and landscape.

2.   Less landscape maintenance

Landscaping normally calls for a lot of maintenance. Adding retaining walls to your yard lowers landscaping difficulty and care, particularly regarding mowing because it can be tricky doing it in sloped areas. Converting sloped areas into terraced spaces makes them more accessible and simple to maintain. The fact that they prevent soil erosion and keep your landscape in position helps reduce the amount of money and time you need to spend on lawn and landscaping care.

Retaining walls are long-lasting and are resistant to all kinds of weather and wear all year long. Also, you don’t have to spend money on repairs because they only need occasional cleaning to look good.

3.   Aesthetic appeal and more value

Based on the materials used and height, adding them to your backyard brings more aesthetic value to your home. By selecting materials keenly, your retaining walls can offer an amazing contrast to their surroundings while accentuating specific landscape elements. In addition, the aesthetic addition your walls bring can raise your property’s value, which can come in handy if you intend to sell your home in the future. Besides giving you a competitive edge in the market, it can raise your return on investment.

4.   Create usable spaces

With the help of grading, a skilled landscaping contractor can use retaining walls to build expansive, usable spaces in areas that seem useless/ unusable to untrained eyes. For instance, retaining walls can transform sloppy yards into multi-leveled, terraced backyards with various areas for:

  • Gardens
  • Seating
  • Play area
  • Garden
  • Pool
  • Driveway

Entertaining areas, lawns, or patios with retaining walls have more curb appeal than slopes backing up to the backyard. This also makes your property more functional while creating more room for outdoor activities.


Retaining walls are a valuable home addition every homeowner should consider. Consider adding retaining walls to your yard to enjoy these benefits.

Steel Walled Garden Update - A sweet surprise from Lodi. I'm really proud of our L shaped garden that wraps around the North
(This is a collaborative post, for more information about our compensation please read our disclosure policy)

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