Perhaps you’ve noticed on some of these web pages a particular kind of stone, assembled in a certain fashion, to create a free-standing structure much like what one might see in places like Ireland, or New England. A stone fence is what I’m talking about, and they can be a very interesting and beautiful way to define or limit property lines, or one part of your property from another. We also use this stone to build retaining walls, and it’s here that I’ll let you in on a little secret: this stone is a great choice for more than free-standing fences, it also works great for retaining walls, and I’ve used it any number of times very successfully.
Why is this stone a great choice for a retaining wall? Number one reason (and here the secret deepens): price. This is a wall I can build for less money than any other choice of material will allow. If you’re considering concrete retaining wall blocks, then the difference is very significant. If you’re leaning toward another kind of stone, say field-stone boulders, then the difference is still great enough to get your attention. Beyond price, the aesthetics of a retaining wall are also very important. Supremely important in fact. In my (studied) opinion, a retaining wall of the same color and kind of stone is far easier on the eyes than a wall comprised of multi-colored boulders, for example, far more natural looking and likely to suggest a well-planned and conceived landscape.
Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes, and questions of beauty can be quite subjective. This choice of stone isn’t going to appeal to everyone, for a variety of reasons, but rest assured that I will probably raise it as an option, especially given that I go into most meetings assuming that budget concerns are very real. If a person is looking to make a statement with a retaining wall, this choice may or may not work; a lot would depend upon the style of house, location of wall with respect to the house, setting of house (urban, suburban or more rural, for example), terraces or planting beds around walls, etc. There are a lot of factors to consider, and a more experienced Landscape Contractor will not overlook any of them, where someone less experienced might make that mistake: to focus on one piece of the puzzle at the expense of the sum of the whole.
The stone in question is a variety of Limestone, and is readily available in the Twin Cities and St. Croix Valley, which contributes both to its economy, as well as its attractiveness. It is a native stone, so by virtue of that and its economy it may be a good choice for you. Depending upon some of the aforementioned circumstances I may make mention of it, when discussing retaining walls, etc, or you could request we take a look. There are other factors that come into play as well, which will remain under wraps for now; rest assured that they only contribute to this being a good choice for many people. Certainly an option worth discussing. To the best of my knowledge, Outdoor Concepts is the only landscape company in the area currently using this option.