Why Build a Retaining Wall? Six Ways to Dress Up Your Yard

There are many perfectly good reasons to build a retaining wall.  For the most part, Big Bend Landscaping in St. Louis focuses on the most practical aspects. Like flood control, protection against erosion, and eliminating time-consuming lawn maintenance. But there are several aesthetic reasons too. Let’s look at some of the ways to beautify your yard with this useful landscaping feature.

Turn a sloping yard into a thing of beauty

If you live on a hill, you know this pain. Mowing, sodding, caring for trees and shrubs, and even planting flower beds in that setting is twice as much work. Rain washes away valuable topsoil, causing bare spots in your otherwise beautiful green space. Tree roots are exposed to the elements, weakening the tree, leaving it open to disease. And gardening on a slope—without some sort of terrace—is at best challenging.

The solution is to build a barrier. Or a series of them, depending on your preference.

Big Bend Landscaping can build a retaining wall along the edge to help you level out your green space. We’ve built walls that raise the space by ten feet or more. And we’ve built retaining walls that are only two or three feet high. It very much depends on how steep the slope is and what you want.

Big Bend can also help you terrace your green space, allowing you wide swaths of space to plant flowers, vegetables, shrubs, or small trees in. And if you add stairs, it creates a beautiful finished appearance. If you’ll look in the before and after section on our website you can see examples of homes terraces we’ve created.

Draw Attention to Your Favorite Features

Do you have a favorite tree in your yard? Maybe an ornamental tree like a dogwood that you’d like to spotlight?   A retaining wall is a great way to do this.

Perhaps you’ve considered adding lilac bushes or crepe myrtle to your landscape, but don’t want them to get lost (or mowed over) while they’re growing. Placing them behind a protective barrier like a is a great solution. No chance of missing those brilliant blooms when they’re encircled with a beautiful paver retaining wall!

Whenever possible, Big Bend Landscaping prefers green or earth-friendly paver systems that allow rainwater to drain naturally into the landscape. When we use these systems to build a retaining wall, there is little chance of your favorite tree or shrub becoming waterlogged.

Raise Your Flower beds to a New Level with a Retaining Wall

Raised beds are all the rage right now. They allow gardeners easy access to their plants, making soil management and watering ten times easier. In an area with poor soil or a large amount of shelf-rock, a raised bed can greatly simplify a gardener’s life.

There are many attractive ways to incorporate a retaining wall into your gardening plans. Big Bend Landscaping can build a retaining wall along the edges of your yard creating a raised bed, butted up against your privacy fence. Or along the front of your house, framing your front door. And we can even create a terraced series of curving walls that work with the natural slopes alongside your home.

Build a Centerpiece

Curb appeal is important in today’s marketplace. One of the simple ways to add to your home’s value and curb appeal is to use eye-catching paver walkways and retaining walls.

We’ve already mentioned incorporating a raised bed built with pavers to add flower beds along the front of your home. But if you don’t have any trees in your front yard, you can also use a raised bed to create a beautiful centerpiece instead. You can fill the raised bed with a variety of plants and flowers, planning so that there is color in it throughout the year.

Big Bend Landscaping is happy to help homeowners come up with designs that will look good in their yard and increase their home’s value. We can even recommend some shrubs or plants that will look good in yours!

Seating Wall

Seating walls are retaining walls that are often installed along patios, pools, and outdoor living spaces. They are a wonderful addition to any backyard, serving as a sort of boundary between spaces and a place for people to sit. Customers often request seating walls around their fire pits as an alternative to outdoor furniture, as they require less maintenance and are safer. They offer a cleaner look.

When added to an outdoor living space, they double as a nice place to put plants or lawn ornaments and extra seating during gatherings. And the nice thing about having one is that it can’t be moved around or carried off. You don’t have to worry about putting it away during cold, wet weather. And the only winterizing it will require is simply sweeping off the snow when you want to sit down on it yourself.

It is also a great place to perch when you want an early morning cup of coffee or tea while watching the sun come up. Just you, your warm cup held between your hands as you face the sunrise, and that solid wall that will be there for you for years to come.

Change the Personality of Your Yard with Eye-catching Pavers

Big Bend Landscaping believes your yard is a big part of your home—a room without walls. And just like the rest of your home, you want it to reflect who you are. Among the many things you can do to individualize your yard is add any single feature or combination of the following: outdoor living space, retaining walls, a patio, and/or a firepit.

And choosing pavers that reflect your tastes and personality is the best way to make it truly yours.

Big Bend Landscaping only builds retaining walls with the highest quality materials such as Belgard, Romanstone, and Pavestone. These brands and all the others we work with offer a huge variety of looks and designs. Furthermore, we can help you mix and match to design a look that will ensure that your yard is as special as the other rooms in your home.

Do you like a rustic, roughhewn look? We can do that. Prefer a modern appearance with clean, straight lines? We’ve got that covered too.

Combine your paver choices with a landscape full of individual touches and plants, and you’ll have something that will add joy to your life.


As you can see there are a number of excellent reasons to build a retaining wall to beautify your yard. And Big Bend Landscaping is the best landscaping company in the St. Louis area. Check out our reviews on Google and our A+ BBB ratings.

Big Bend Landscaping has a Level 1 Certification from the National Concrete and Masonry Association. We’ve taken extra steps to ensure that we are using up-to-date methods and materials. We are experts in our field. When we present you with your options, we will offer you the newest and best landscaping solutions.

We guarantee all our work for one year; this includes parts and labor. If for any reason you have a problem with something we’ve done, call us and we will make your satisfaction our priority.

Do you like what you’ve read here and want to know more? Give us a call or contact us for an online estimate!