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While the walls featured above are fairly formal and contemporary, here the look is more rustic. I like this wall, which appears to be dry stacked. This look can often be achieved with recycled or reclaimed materials.
This property's depth keeps its steep retaining wall from overwhelming the view. The natural rock provides an interesting contrast to the modern architectural lines.
Climate matters. In California and other dry-climate areas, a lake like this would not be sustainable unless it was a collection pond holding and filtering water for irrigation.
Of course, some slopes simply need very strong, very steep support. Variation in depth and the addition of items that create visual interest soften what might otherwise feel like a tall, imposing or hard vertical surface.
For gentle slopes like this, I adore native grass meadows.
In steeper areas, more substantial focus can encourage those walking the space to take a particular path. The more substantial root structures of vertical foliage may also be useful in retaining the slope.
Smart, sustainable plant spacing is key. While large plants may look instantly lovely, they don't provide the slope-stabilizing benefits of foliage whose root system grows naturally in a space.
It may be necessary to use coco fiber to prevent surface erosion while plant life establishes. In a year, the area above this ledger stone retaining wall will look like a vertical wall of foliage, and the railroad-tie-supported hiking trail will be substantially softened by ample foliage.
If done strategically, your effectively retained slope may just be your favorite view!
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