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When you live in a beautiful place like Kelowna, it’s not hard to understand why everybody wants to spend as much time outside as possible. It’s much easier to relax and enjoy the time outdoors when your surroundings are just as you like them.

Of course everybody knows that sometimes retaining walls are necessary to keep soil at bay around functional areas of the house, like the driveway. But did you know there are other, less technical reasons to consider rock walls and retaining walls in your yard?

Here are three ways that retaining walls can make your yard even more inviting.

Creating a Visual Separation

The intricate patterns of a well-placed rock wall can add beauty and depth to the garden. Better still, the artful design of a rock wall can continue to provide something pleasing to the eye long after the gardening season is done for the year. Instead of a dreary space out the window in winter, you can continue to cast your gaze on something that brings the warmth of summer to mind.

Work within the Natural Landscape

Rather than detracting from the natural beauty that surrounds the Okanagan Valley, a retaining wall built from natural sources with local expertise can blend in with the scenery. This can be especially useful in areas with newer housing construction. Retaining walls can help bring privacy and serenity while you wait for natural growth in the area to catch up.

Make Better Use of the Shape of the Yard

It seems the grass is always greener on the other side, especially when it comes to the shape of the yard. Those with an irregularly shaped lot sometimes long for the simplicity that comes with the more standard rectangle-shaped yard; meanwhile those with a perfect square in the yard often crave something to break up the monotony. Retaining walls and rock walls can be used to make owners of both types of yard happy.

Whether your retaining wall is a desired feature for aesthetic improvements, or a structural feature required to keep the natural elements at bay, it’s important to make sure it can withstand the test of time. The professionals at Zerra Landscaping can help make that happen!