With the booming population in New Zealand, prime land is becoming scarce. People build their houses at steep mountain slopes and real estate developers purchase hectares of farm land to transform into subdivisions, so that people could live in them.
If you built your home on elevated land, chances are that a retaining wall was installed to hold the soil and prevent it from eroding. As time passes by, the land or yard surrounding your house has become the home for grass. Maybe it’s time to get the old lawnmower out from the garage and trim those grass and weeds out. However, you might also plan on doing some landscaping. If you have that plan in mind but could not put it into action, hire some retaining wall contractors in Auckland. Let them do the work for you.
What to remember when landscaping
Decide on your design
Landscaping is no easy task. You need experts to do the job, so get some landscaping contractors for this project. They would first suggest a design for the location, then check if it sits well with your plans. Because the technology of landscaping gained an upgrade, the project might not need any of those big landscaping vehicles like bulldozers. Of course, that depends on the plans though.
Inspect the situation of the existing retaining walls
Are the walls still sturdy enough? Can it still hold the soil in place? Normally, retaining walls coincide with landscaping. Since landscaping basically is the remodelling of a location, the removal or redesign of the retaining walls is in order. Now, if you use retaining walls in your garden like raised gardens; depending on the plans, you might not need to remove it at all.
Landscaping in suburban properties
Existing retaining walls in cities mostly go undisturbed for the most part, but there will always be a constant need to change the landscape because of population growth. The need to create vacant lots for houses increases ever so slightly. Some of these lots are created on elevated locations; hence, the need to create a landscape fitting for a residential area to live in.
Landscaping in rural properties
Landscaping is involved in farming. The need to eradicate weeds and tall grass from the fertile land always comes first before anyone could start placing that first seed within the soil. In addition, road-widening projects also need landscaping, especially if the road will pass through mountains. Here, retaining walls would adorn the sides of the mountain path/road to prevent soil erosion. This is important to keep roads open and usable.
The bottom line
When landscaping is concerned, retaining walls follow close behind. That said, will you take the plunge now and put those landscaping plans into action?