Adding a beautiful new patio to your property in Iowa is a great decision, but before a professional landscaping company can break out their hard hats and begin construction, the sloping of your yard will need to be examined. If your yard has too steep of a slope, then you will not be able to have a patio installed until you have your yard leveled out. A professional landscaping team can fix this issue by installing a retaining wall on your property that will not only level out your land but also provide additional benefits like helping to reduce soil erosion. After your retaining wall is installed, you will be able to have your new patio installed and you can even use the same materials for both hardscapes!

If your property is sloped, you will need to have a retaining wall installed.

A retaining wall installed on a sloped property in Adel, IA.

Although patios look flat, they are actually made to be slightly sloped in order to encourage proper drainage. Typically, the slope of a patio should be angled away from your home at 1/8th inch per foot. If your property is sloped more than that, you will need to have a retaining wall installed before you can begin building your new patio.

Without leveling things out in your yard with a retaining wall, you can end up with a patio that has issues with its foundation, drainage, and a host of other problems. The right professional landscaping team can assess the slope of your property and help you avoid these issues.

A retaining wall will flatten your yard, mitigate soil erosion, and more.

Not only will a retaining turn your previously sloped yard into a flat, fully-functional space, but it will also help in many other ways. A retaining wall will reduce soil erosion by helping displace excess wind and rain. It will also help mitigate flooding issues that your property may have previously been experiencing. Your retaining wall will have incredible functionality, but it will also be a landscape feature that gives your property a natural textural element that brings out all its other wonderful qualities.

A retaining wall can significantly increase your property value!

You can match your retaining wall and patio by using the same materials for both.

A patio built to match the wall next to it in Clive, IA.

After your retaining wall is in place, your original plan to install a stunning new patio can finally be achieved! You will have the option of matching your retaining wall and patio by using the same materials for both of them. You'll just need to make sure that you hire a company that installs both of these options and provides the same material options for them.

If you are not sure which materials will work best for either of these hardscapes, your builders can help you select ones that will meet your needs. To give you a few ideas, here is a list of some of the most popular building materials that property owners in Iowa are choosing for their patios and retaining walls:

  • Concrete pavers
  • Concrete blocks
  • Brick
  • Flagstone
  • Natural stone
  • Wood
  • Gravel
  • Quarried limestone

We can level out your property with a retaining wall so that you can have your dream patio! Call us today.

At A+ Lawn & Landscape, we have been professionally designing and installing hardscapes for 35 years, so you can be sure that we have the skills and experience to level out your property with a retaining wall. Once we are finished, you will have a functional yard that can support the structure of your dream patio. We offer our retaining wall and patio installation services to homeowners and business owners in and around Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and nearby areas in Iowa. Call us today at (515) 289-2020 to schedule a consultation.