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Trusted Regina Landscape Contractors at Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are Regina Retaining Wall Experts

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. is your Trusted Regina landscaping company. They have helped many customers achieve the yards they have always dreamed of. In their latest Trusted Regina Landscaping Tip, they share some wonderful advice on Regina retaining walls! 

Regina Retaining Wall Options

A retaining wall is a specially designed structure that holds soil on one side and is free-standing on the other. Retaining walls are commonly used when two areas on a property are at different elevations, and there is a desire to transition from one elevation to the other in a short distance—shorter than can be used if the land is just sloped instead.



Deciding on which kind of retaining wall to use depends on a myriad of factors. Remember, you have access to a wide selection of materials and designs to achieve a design you love! Consider your budget, style and retaining requirements when deciding between these popular retaining wall ideas.


“Retaining walls are usually thought of as utilitarian and for merely holding back soil. While this is true, you can also use them to create beautiful outdoor living spaces and to create multi-use spaces.” Monte Dobson, Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Regina.


Stone or Boulder Retaining Walls

By concreting stones or boulders in a tessellating pattern, a solid wall can be used as a rustic, natural retaining wall.  While quite strong, this may not be the best approach for walls retaining large amounts of soil, especially if done DIY.


Brick Retaining Walls 

Strong and sturdy, brick walls are a traditional choice of retaining walls.

They need concrete strip footings before the wall is erected on top of it to ensure it can bear the weight of what it’s retaining, and require a keen eye for detail, constant level-checking and a couple of weeks to complete, making them best left to a qualified tradesperson rather than a DIY job.


For a more modern look, a render can be applied, however, this will drive up the price on an already expensive project.

 

Block Retaining Walls

With block retaining walls, base trenches must be dug prior to construction. Interlocking blocks can be sourced, eradicating the need for mortar or bonding supplies, and can be found in a variety of shapes, depending on your requirements. The blocks themselves can be quite heavy and rough, so if this is a DIY project, safety provisions such as steel-capped boots and work gloves are recommended. If you suffer from back problems, or if the wall is taller than hip-height, consider having them installed professionally by a Regina retaining wall pro.

 

Timber Retaining Wall

Timber/wood retaining walls offer ease of installation and reduced cost and provide a rustic, natural aesthetic to your space. However, timber cannot retain as much weight as other products and may not be able to reach the heights you need. They’re also susceptible to rotting, warping, splitting or termites over time, and treatments must be applied pre-installation and retreated over the course of its life, raising its level of maintenance.

 

Gabion Basket

Usually used in commercial applications, wire Gabion baskets are making a chic comeback as residential retaining walls. They can be a durable, cheap alternative to concrete, and you can get creative about how you fill them. However, they take up a large amount of room and do require wide strip footings, making it unsuitable for tight spaces or properties looking to make the most of their space


Retaining walls are divided into two types divided by their height. Walls under four feet are designed and built by your contractor or per a landscape architect’s drawing. Retaining walls over four feet require much larger footings due to the increased lateral earth pressure. It must be designed by an engineer who will specify the size and extent of footings and the amount of steel reinforcement required according to strict loading calculations.


Retaining walls don’t have to be perfectly straight. Add a curve to dress up the design and to add a little more texture to your landscape. The retaining wall design below would be perfect at a lakefront cabin in Saskatchewan




Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. Ltd. is your one-stop Regina landscaping company. They have experience working on several large and small-scale commercial project.

In addition to landscape design, hardscaping and artificial turf, they also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of landscape supply products. They sell all types of turfgrass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products.

Their professional Trusted Regina hydroseeding and landscaping team offers innovative re-vegetation, grass seeding, dust control, reclamation, landscaping and erosion control solutions and hydroseeding for all types of residential, commercial, government, industrial and oilfield projects.


Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions has several tips to help you with your landscaping.


Trusted Regina Landscapers Rapid Lawn Landscaping Solutions Share News About Native Grasses in Landscaping


Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. is your Trusted Regina landscaping company. They have helped many customers achieve the yards they have always dreamed of. In their latest Trusted Regina Landscaping Tip, they share some wonderful advice on incorporating native plants and grasses in your landscaping.

Native Plants and Grasses

Native plants and grasses are exactly what their name indicates – plants that have historically grown organically in an area. Because these plants have adapted to regions’ climates for centuries, they’re perfectly suited to growing in your backyard with little help from you.

Selecting Native Plants and Grasses

No matter what type of garden you have, native plants and grases make an excellent addition.

  • Native flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers all create natural habitat and provide food sources for local wildlife. Some examples include: Saskatoon berry, dogwood, willow, sage, wild blue flax, coneflower, crocus, gaillardia, wild columbine, and aster. For a detailed list, contact the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan.
  • Purchase from a native plant supplier to ensure you receive quality plants that are actually native to the prairies (and not simply horticultural varieties). For a list of all the native plant and seed suppliers in western Canada, visit npss.sk.ca.
  • Before planting exotic species (plants that are not from Saskatchewan), consider if there are native alternatives that provide similar qualities.
  • Do not grow invasive or aggressive plants that have the potential to take over your garden and spread throughout your community. For a list of regulated weeds, visit saskinvasives.ca.
  • If growing fruits or vegetables, choose heritage and heirloom varieties that are rare or endangered. Save seeds to preserve these plants for future generations.

Native plants and grassesNative plants and grasses are great low-water-use plants because they’ve adapted to the soil in which they grow, and their deep root systems are capable of storing water gathered primarily from rainfall.

When designing your landscape for water efficiency, be sure to choose plants that are defined as low water use or drought tolerant for your area.

Choosing native plants can be intimidating, but keep in mind that drought tolerant plants often have a unique leaf structure such as:

  • Fine lacy foliage–reduced leaf surface means less water lost through surface evaporation
  • Thick, succulent or waxy leaves–thick leaves store more moisture
  • Hairy or fuzzy leaves–fine hairs keep moisture trapped at the leaf surface

 

Planting for Success

When planting the seeds to establish native grasses, you’ll need to water the newly planted seeds to prevent the top of the soil from drying out. Even the most drought tolerant grasses require supplemental water until they are established. The smaller the root system, the more water they'll need, but the general rule is one inch of water per week (including rain). Less frequent but deep watering is better for plants than more frequent but light watering because it encourages them to send their roots down deeper into the soil.

When the grass is about an inch tall, you can decrease the frequency and increase the depth of watering.

You can stop adding water once the grass is established and just count on rain to do the watering for you.


Other Considerations:

  • Enjoy an all-season garden by planting tall native grasses, growing trees and shrubs with attractive bark or berries, and adding potted plants to your indoor and outdoor living spaces.
  • Research gardening techniques that incorporate biodiversity and native plants, such as xeriscaping and permaculture.
  • Support biodiversity in your community by getting involved with community gardens and preserving natural areas.

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. Ltd. is your one-stop Regina landscaping company. They have experience working on several large and small-scale commercial project.

In addition to landscape design, hardscaping and artificial turf, they also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of landscape supply products. They sell all types of turfgrass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products.

Their professional Trusted Regina hydroseeding and landscaping team offers innovative re-vegetation, grass seeding, dust control, reclamation, landscaping and erosion control solutions and hydroseeding for all types of residential, commercial, government, industrial and oilfield projects.


Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions has several tips to help you with your landscaping.


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