Do I need a Retaining Wall in my yard?

Writtey by Elisa on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 11:24 pm. Posted in Landscape construction, natural stone Retaining wall, outdoor patio stairs, Patio Construction, remodeling, retaining wall, retaining walls, stone Firepit Construction

Retaining Wall with Patio and Firepit

Many Maryland homeowners have yards that they cannot utilize due to steep slopes or uneven grades.  Some problems may also be due to washed out or eroded areas that just cannot support new plantings or grass. Retaining walls are a great way to correct those issues and create a whole new usable outdoor space. There are many types and styles of retaining walls that can be constructed to meet the homeowner’s needs.

A retaining wall is a stabilizing structure used to hold sloping ground in place and to prevent the erosion and the movement of soil. It must be substantial and sturdy enough to accommodate and redistribute the lateral pressure caused by sloping ground. It is normally designed with weep holes, which allow collected ground water to escape. This releases the additional pressure created by accumulated water and helps keep the wall stable.

Retaining walls can be a creative way to support new soils used to level a backyard area or hold back an area that is excavated out to create a patio or driveway extension. Retaining walls can also have dual or multiple uses. These walls work great for creating extra seating around patios or incorporate landscape features such as fire pits or built-in outdoor grills.  Low walls can also create unique borders for an elevated landscape area or garden.   Elevated patios that are built using a retaining wall system can develop into a stunning multi-level patio system with different elevations to create several different outdoor rooms all within one landscape.

Many erosion and drainage issues can also be solved with a retaining wall system. These systems can be used to reduce the slope and help develop a sustainable growing environment. Some of the walls can also be constructed to channel, divert, or collect storm water. After the water is controlled, the walls will direct the flow of the run-off and work with support systems like catch basins, or county storm water collection ponds.

Winter is almost here but KW Landscaping is still working hard to make your backyard the space of your dreams. KW Landscaping will be taking on new outdoor construction projects, such as retaining walls, patios, fire pits and decks, to create your outdoor paradise. Email KW Landscaping for more information or a custom quote.

Retaining Wall with stone steps

Landscaping with Travertine: Why should I use Travertine vs. other paving materials?

Writtey by Elisa on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 9:50 pm. Posted in Landscape construction, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, outdoor patio stairs, retaining walls, Travertine Patios, travertine walkways

Travertine is one of the best materials to use when creating a pool deck, patio, driveway or walkway. Travertine has huge advantages over other materials often used in these areas including but not limited to increasing home value. Travertine naturally withstands the elements, including freezing, thawing and heavy rain. Their tumbled, porous surface instantly absorbs water, leaving the surface of the deck practically non-slip. Travertine Pavers also stay cool to the touch. The same can’t be said about other paving materials such as concrete pavers, or other natural paving stones. Travertine comes in many sizes allowing varying designs. A standard “packaged” pattern is a French Pattern which gives a great classic look but with other standard sizes like 6×12, numerous patterns can be configured. Travertine pavers also come in two finishes: Tumbled, most often used on pools and decks, and Brushed & Chisled for driveways, decks and other areas. Thicker slabs can be cut and finished with a bullnose edge for stair treads, pool coping and sitting wall caps. The possibilities with travertine are endless.

For more Travertine information please email KW Landscaping or visit for more information.

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Landscaping with Travertine: What is Travertine?

Writtey by Elisa on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:36 pm. Posted in garden landscaping, Landscape construction, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, outdoor patio stairs, retaining walls, Travertine Patios, travertine walkways

Travertine is a wonderful stone to consider using for your outdoor stone projects. Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.KW Landscaping recommends using Travertine for the following outdoor projects:

  •  Pool Decks
  • Pool Steps
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Walk-ways
  • Outdoor Fireplaces
  • House Walls
  • Outside Stairs

For more Travertine information please check out: or email KW Landscaping to learn how you may use Travertine in your next Maryland Landscaping project.

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