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Garden Walls

Garden walls are a type of retaining wall, and are usually below three feet in height. This allows the focus to be more on design and less on structural engineering. If you can dream it, you can have it!

Garden walls can serve many design functions on your property. Defining a space is often one of the first steps to design, and garden walls can do this easily without destroying the view of the rest of the yard. Just high enough to be seen, yet just low enough to maintain visibility; garden walls add color, grace, and texture to a space.

From a practical standpoint, garden walls are also a great way to separate a lawn from a flowerbed. Just like ancient South American agriculture, garden walls can protect your yard from erosion and make gardening much easier. Raising the garden also saves the gardener’s back.

There are many different types of garden wall systems, each with distinctive benefits and drawbacks. One of the most popular systems is brick and mortar, which comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Flagstone, which can be stacked without mortar is a natural stone alternative. Another option is manufactured stone segments, which are interlocking and mortar-less.

These manufactured stones have gained popularity in recent years because of their low cost, ease of installation, and relatively low price. Some of the stone manufacturers include: Allen Block, Bell-air Wall, Angelus, Orko, and RCP Block. Each of these manufacturers has a different color scheme and texture that could match your yard; each deserves equal consideration.

All of these systems require a degree of preparation to ensure long life of the wall. There must be a solid foundation. Many times this means digging a half-foot trench and packing it with gravel or sand. This creates a solid base upon which the wall can then be constructed.

It is difficult to always know what condition the soil is in. Some soil drains poorly, while other soil is filled with organic material that will decompose over time, some soil may even be perfectly suited to construction and not require prep. Using a gravel or sand base, though, ensures that there is a strong foundation. These materials drain efficiently, defending against water erosion, and can be compacted to resist slumping in the future. Using gravel or sand also ensures there is no organic material that will decompose over time.

Once the wall is constructed, there are limitless options as to what goes in the newly defined space. Year round plants are always a beautiful choice, and seasonal flowers are great too. Genesis can advise you, or even start your garden for you.

Give us a call when you get the chance, and we’d love to give you a free estimate. We’ve been doing this for years and are passionate about getting you the best finished product.

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