AJB Landscaping & Fence

Wood & Metal Fences • Decks & Patios • Pavers & Retaining Walls • Olympia & Tacoma

AJB Landscaping & Fence | 1015 85th Ave SE, Suite #1, Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 789-3707

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Holding Back a Hillside

EnCore Basilte retaining wallAJB built this retaining wall with EnCore Basalite GravityStones to stabilize the steep hillside behind this Olympia home.

Erosion was a huge issue with this Olympia area home. The backyard is on a steep grade and every winter during the rainy season the constant wet conditions continued to eat away at the hillside. Over time, this could potentially put the foundation of the home at risk.

To solve this issue, we installed a retaining wall built with EnCore Basalite GravityStone and matching capstones and an underground drainage system to lead water down the hill to the ravine below. The level area behind the retaining wall also serves as a planter bed for shrubs and other foliage, further stabilizing the hillside. Since the hill was too steep to maintain a lawn and the primary concern was to prevent continued erosion, the owner elected to have us lay down a layer of 5/8" minus rock over the entire hill. The combination of the retaining wall, drainage system and rocky surface will keep any further hill erosion in check.

In addition to stabilizing the backyard, the owner had us solve another drainage issue in the front yard. His front lawn had become a muddy mess because of seepage from the neighbor's underground sprinkler system. For a low-maintenance solution, we removed the lawn and replaced it with a large planter bed to hold trees and shrubs. The bark covering the bed will help to absorb moisture and the river rock bed bordering the driveway will prevent standing water on the driveway and keep shoes clean when entering the house.

If you have drainage problems like these, give us a call at (360) 789-3707 or contact us online. We'll come up with a solution to keep your property safe and dry.