are many situations where homes require
retaining walls. That does not mean walls to retain the kids, or your wife or husband, when you want some
peace and quiet! The term here applies to walls to retain your garden or backyard!
Many homes have been built
on sloped ground, and while the home itself is level, the gardens or yards have been left on the sloped
ground. In this situation many owners prefer to have the slope levelled off into sections to provide,
for example, flat play areas for the kids, barbecue areas and flat flower and
vegetable beds, with steps leading
down to each area. This is done using
retaining walls. Retaining walls have to be able not only to hold the weight of earth behind and above them,
but also to allow drainage in the event of a storm. The home-owner, on the other hand, wants retaining walls
to look good; to fit in with the landscape design of the garden.