In the built environment, retaining walls are an absolute necessity. Retaining walls ensure slopes are stabilized while maximizing developable space on our properties. Unfortunately, most retaining walls protrude from the landscape like vertical parking lots. On top of that, most retaining walls offer none of the ecological, hydrologic, thermal, or aesthetic benefits that are available with living retaining wall systems! (See some of the research on living retaining walls)
This cast-in-place concrete wall held up a parking lot for a church in St. Louis. Not only was it an eyesore for the neighbors, but it was already beginning to fall apart as The Living Wall Company arrived.
MQP Project Old Retaining Wall. Click to enlarge.
Upon completion of the SmartSlope Living Retaining Wall, we planted a variety of Sedum and native plant species to prepare for success.
MQP Project New Living Retaining Wall (August 2012). Click to enlarge.
Spring is here! Despite the drenching rains and late-season snows, this retaining wall is already beginning to disappear behind beautiful foliage. We can't wait to see the Sedum and Purple Poppy Mallow in flower soon!
MQP Project Living Retaining Wall (April/May 2013). Click to enlarge.
This project provides the church with a stable retaining wall, the neighbors with a pleasant view, and nature with some great habitat.
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