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Retaining wall

If you have a concrete retaining wall in your garden that is ruining your view, you might feel your only option is to tear it down and rebuild it. However, your unsightly wall doesn’t have to cost a fortune to replace. Instead, you can use these tips to learn how to hide a concrete retaining wall for a fraction of the cost. 

If you have a concrete retaining wall in your garden that is ruining your view, you might feel your only option is to tear it down and rebuild it. However, your unsightly wall doesn’t have to cost a fortune to replace. Instead, you can use these tips to learn how to hide a concrete retaining wall for a fraction of the cost. 

Plant Some Vines 

Adding natural greenery to cover your concrete retaining wall is one of the simplest and most affordable options. Vines are very low maintenance plants to hide a retaining wall and come in many species offering different depths of colours and textures. You can plant them without much effort and then watch them climb the wall acting as natural, pretty camouflage. 

Build a Trellis 

Trellises are easy to install, as they practically come ready-made. They can be used to encourage a number of different types of plants to grow from ivies to roses and sweet peas to clematis. You can choose from different materials including pressure-treated wood, natural wood like cedar, bamboo, and various metals. 

Plant Some Shrubs 

There are dozens of low-lying shrub plants to hide a retaining wall; from textured leaves to shrubs that produce berries and from plants that bloom in the spring to those with stunning bark in the stark winter. They create the perfect natural wall that is both aesthetically pleasing and reasonably low maintenance. 

Create a Living Wall 

Much denser than the results you’ll get from vines or trellises, a living wall system is an excellent choice, especially in gardens that tend to heat up. They help cool your garden while also providing soothing greenery to cover that hideous wall. While they are a bit more of an investment, you can choose from many different systems some of which can even produce berries and vegetables. More complicated systems include irrigation systems. While living walls will cost more and also require more care, they are well worth the effort. 

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Create a Custom Façade 

The ultimate cover-up, a façade treatment completely transforms your wall. There are tons of choices including different wood claddings, faux stone products, exterior stucco products, various types of metals, brick or even cedar shingles. The options are only limited by your budget and creativity. 

Built-Ins 

Depending on how you use your garden space, you can consider a number of built-in options. This could include a deck, a “boardwalk”, free-floating structures, a walk-up bar, benches, etc. 

Raised Garden Beds 

Cover the wall with a raised garden bed using a material that appeals to you such as interlocking pavers. You can then plant an assortment of plants or shrubs that will cover the wall behind. You can even consider doing a vegetable garden, herb garden or strawberry patch. 

It just takes a little creativity to come up with ideas that will suit your taste and your budget. 

If you have an ugly retaining wall that needs some help, look no further! Our team at Breakaway Landscaping can help. Contact us today to learn more.