Hardscapes and retaining walls

Hardscapes can be major feature points in the scope of your landscape design. They draw us in as a keystone to build your seasonal softscapes around. Our designers can add substantial dimension to your yard with beautiful, practical, low maintenance pathways and structures.

Hardscapes are just as important as softscapes in landscaping. Even the most attractive home can appear flat without proper exterior design and maintenance. Your landscape needs a balanced composition with textures and variety to create a full image. Oasis can take care of it all to ensure your landscaping lives up to its potential. 

How We Do it

At its core, Oasis is a softscapes and hardscapes company. Our staff of professionally trained “landscape architects” include specialists on hardscape construction in stonework or masonry. We are fully equipped to provide you with the means to put variety and focus in your exterior design by adding structure to backyard gardens and plantlife.

TYPES OF HARDSCAPING WE CONSTRUCT 

  • Stacked stone walls
  • Cross tie walls 
  • Retaining walls
  • Stone, paver, or concrete patios 
  • Stone or decking walkways 
  • Pergolas, arbors, and gazebos 
  • Fountains and other water features 
  • Garden steps and beds 
  • Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits 
  • Entryways and stairways leading to or from fire pits 
  • Outdoor kitchens and dining areas 

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls can be a wonderful and necessary hardscaping addition to Atlanta homes. They are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, offering a layered vertical pattern element in the landscape. Retaining walls are structures that hold back or retain the material behind them. You may choose to implement a retaining wall for a number of reasons.

Retaining wall and lawn

Benefits of retaining walls

  • Add terracing and functional support for keeping up to 20 tons of soil in place 
  • Eliminate water runoff and flooding due to eroding foundations 
  • Prevent sink holes 
  • Control erosion of steep hills or slopes 
  • Eliminate dirt piles, hills and other eyesores 
  • Solve drainage problems 
  • Establish distinct areas between different features in the yard and create smooth transi­tion between levels 
  • Provide the framework for walkways, stairways or patio divisions 
  • Level uneven lawns and direct drainage 
  • Create usable garden spaces 
  • Add visual enhancement & improve property value 

In addition to practical reasons, many homeowners choose to install a retaining wall for the impressive visual presence in the landscape. Proper retaining wall installation can dramatically enhance any area. They frequently also offer financial benefits. Some industry professionals have reported that hardscaping improvements such as retaining walls can increase property values by as much as 20 percent. 

There is a wide range of of various materials available for building retaining walls, including natural stone, composite blocks or interlocking concrete pavers. Natural stone can be a good choice because it blends well with the environment and requires minimal maintenance. The use of composite blocks or interlocking concrete pavers does not require mortar and provides a more manicured appearance. Whichever material you choose is a matter of per­sonal preference. However, some materials or techniques may better suit particular types of projects. The team at Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation is always happy to advise you as to which mater­ials are best suited for your yard and your budget. 

Steep retaining walls behind homes

Controlling erosion

The primary reason for constructing retaining walls is they prevent soil erosion, which can be a major challenge in and around Atlanta thanks to the hilly topography. Hills and slopes are prone to land sliding and ero­sion. You may very well have a sloping yard, or even a number of hilly spots to deal with, and Georgia receives a considerable amount of rainfall each year. When you put these two factors together it’s easy to understand why erosion can be a huge problem in this area. Any time there’s heavy rainfall, you can have a great deal of surface runoff and erosion. Your topsoil is literally washed away. 

A retaining wall can provide a barrier to keep your soil in place and prevent mud or small rivulets from coming down the slope and ruining your lower level landscaping. The stone blocks and other materials used in retaining walls stand up to long-term exposure to water, and act as a drain­age regulator to provide proper runoff. When water and mud are channled, the result greatly reduces the possibility of costly damage later.

If you are interested in a retaining wall or other hardscaping and landscaping services, contact us for a free quote today. Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation would love to be a part of your landscape design solutions.

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