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Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are structures that hold or retain soil behind them. There are a wide range of options when choosing a retaining wall for your yard. The retaining wall can be discreet, blending into the background, or become a great feature of your garden and even provide added seating for your yard.

There are two types of retaining walls:

Gravity wall – gravity walls rely on their own strength and weight to hold the soil behind them and are shorter in height.

Reinforced walls – reinforced walls use layers of Geogrid (a manufactured high-strength reinforced grid material) that provide additional stability to the structure to resist the pressure applied by the mass of soil behind it.

Retaining walls can be made from a wide variety of materials including stones, bricks, concrete blocks, treated timber, rocks and boulders. The type and construction of the retaining wall that you need will influence the material that you select. Stone or wood can erode or decompose over time so a hardier material such as concrete or masonry blocks are recommended, as they are simple to stack and join together and are a maintenance-free retaining wall option.

The retaining wall you build has to be suited to your environment, and the type and construction of it will be determined by its location, surroundings, the slope of the land, the type of soil, and the size and height it needs to be. By seeking as much advice as you can, you will be sure to choose a retaining wall that will be practical, look great and last for years to come.

And, of course, if you want some additional help and advice on landscaping, then the simplest solution is to let Fox Mowing look after it all for you.

And while we’re there in your garden, we can do a lot of other stuff too to get your garden looking and feeling its best.

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