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What is the Purpose of a Retaining Wall?

By Whirl Construction (463 words)
Posted in Retaining Walls/Pavers on December 31, 2018

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Have you ever wondered how to control or stabilize the sloping hills in your backyard? Or maybe you’d like to build a playground for the kids, but don’t have level ground on which to begin. Even if your landscaping goals are strictly aesthetic, like creating a more visually pleasing outdoor area, a retaining wall may be the right choice for you.

So, what is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall is a manmade, stabilizing structure created to contain earth or soil. These walls can be used both for practical purposes, like simply holding back soil and slopes from your patio area, or for aesthetic reasons, like enhancing your landscaping with a beautifully designed paving stone wall.

Here are a few different ways in which retaining walls can enhance your outdoor space.

Preventing soil erosion & controlling water flow

The most practical reason to install a retaining wall involves the overall well-being of your land. In backyards with sloping hills or uneven, marshy areas, retaining walls are extremely useful in preventing soil erosion caused by running water or streams. By installing a retaining wall, your soil will be contained, preventing water from washing away the earth and leaving your land bare or uneven (and unsightly!).

Level, safe playground areas

It’s no secret that flat, level ground is both easier to work with and safer to build on when doing any type of outdoor construction or making landscaping updates. A retaining wall helps to achieve that level ground, and to contain different areas of your yard. Building a playground with a surrounding retaining wall is not only more visually pleasing, but offers you many different options, as well. Fill the area inside your retaining wall with wood chips, rubber mats, or even a sandbox to create a fun and safe outdoor play area for the kids.

Eye-catching outdoor entertaining areas

Perhaps you’d like to create the feeling that your backyard has multiple levels, making it seem larger and more grandiose — a retaining wall can help to hold back soil and create an artificial hill that makes your landscaping appear more defined and luxurious. Looking to create a separate area for adult entertaining? Set your entertaining area away from the pool or playground using retaining walls, and you can add in lovely elements such as a fire pit, chiminea, or even a sunken bar area. No matter which direction you choose, a retaining wall helps to make your entertaining area stand out.


At Whirl Construction, we install many different varieties of concrete, brick, and paving stone retaining walls. If you’d like to update your backyard or landscaping today, contact us to learn more about what we can offer you and your outdoor living space.

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