When you think about retaining walls, you probably imagine stacks of stones that contain parts of the landscape, prevent soil erosion and manage sloped terrain.
But, there are actually several other uses for these hardscape features beyond those practical purposes. About 50 percent of the retaining walls we install into an Idaho Landscape are out of necessity, while the other half are to add other elements.
They can add aesthetic elements, create seating, serve as a windbreak for features, improve planting areas and increase your property’s value. You can use materials like segmental concrete or boulders to construct the wall, and there are a range of colors to choose from.
Here are four ways you can incorporate retaining walls into your Idaho landscape, beyond just restraining soil.