Backyard Conservation – Terracing
Terraced landscaping is a farming technique used all around the world to transform sloped hillsides into arable land, with a series of retaining walls and flat growing areas resembling steps. Terrace steps are typically used to farm on hilly terrain and may support many crops, such as rice. From European vineyards to the ruins of Machu Picchu to the rice paddies of Japan, terraced landscaping is practical as well as beautiful.
In today’s blog, the experts at Nixa Lawn Service explain the advantages of terracing, as well as the materials needed and steps to take for building your own terraced landscape at home.
Benefits of Terrace Landscaping
You don’t have to be a farmer to participate in terracing. You can use terrace platforms to showcase flower and vegetable gardens on steep slopes. The ridges will add interest and bring a unique style to your backyard landscape. Terraces control erosion in the landscape by shortening the long slope into a series of shorter, level steps. This allows water to soak into the soil instead of running off and causing erosion.
Many materials are available for building terraces, including treated wood, rocks, bricks, and concrete blocks. Treated wood, such as railroad ties and timbers, is beneficial because it blends well with plants, is easy to work with, and lasts for years. Wood also tends to be more cost-effective than stone products.
Building Your Terrace
You can do small projects yourself, however, the professionals at Nixa Lawn Service are available for help with more complicated projects. To build your terrace, we recommend the safe cut and fill method, where you don’t agitate as much soil and it’s protected from deterioration. This plan involves a few steps:
First, use timber, stone, or concrete blocks to build the retaining walls. You should begin at the bottom and fill in the level above with soil from the recently leveled area. It’s best for your terrace to slope a bit (about 2%) to keep water from convening at the back section.
Height of Walls
The slope’s incline often determines wall height. In your yard, you’ll want to make the terraces high enough to create level land between them. The terrace material must be strongly secured in order to withstand freezing temperatures and intense thunderstorms.
Check the terrace material’s product specifications for height restrictions, so you can be sure your terrace will stand strong. To establish drainage, remember to backfill the area behind the wall with rock. If your terrace is near trees, ensure that the soil level isn’t built up around the trunk. Deeply covering the roots can cause damage to your tree.
Contact Nixa Lawn Service
At Nixa Lawn Service, we use long-lasting bricks to install retaining walls that will stand the test of time. Whether it’s mulching, trimming, planting, or something else, we’re ready to help you with any of your landscaping needs in Springfield, MO. If you want a professional team to help build your ideal landscape, contact us today.