Retaining Wall Design Near Terre Hill, Pa

When Nancy first reached out to us, she was getting weary of maintaining a steeply sloped lawn at their home in Ephrata, PA.  Their lawn sloped steeply to the road, and there were several close calls when mowing their front yard!  To develop a safe solution for maintaining their yard, a retaining wall was determined to be the best solution to reduce the unsafe slope.

A unique part of this design is that Nancy’s home is on a corner property with an unusual intersection, causing there to be additional concerns for safety.  To design this retaining wall properly, we had several onsite meetings with township representatives. This was largely due to concerns with the sight triangles of the intersection and whether the proposed retaining wall would exacerbate the existing poor visibility issues. After our meetings with the township, we were able to develop a plan that suited everyone’s needs and desires.

On one street, there were no visibility concerns, and we were able to keep the wall just outside the road right of way.   However, near the corner of the property, the retaining wall was designed to begin curving further away from the street. This offered better visibility to the drivers on the road, by removing much of the original bank.  

At 360 linear feet, this retaining wall is relatively large!  While the existing grade sloped all the way to the street, the new grading allows for proper stormwater management. The water is now able to flow off the street and down to a drain inlet.  To do this there were many triaxle loads of fill dirt removed from this site as we needed to cut into the bank to place the wall in its needed location.  As we came upon the completion of this yard, it was determined that the soils were rather poor, so quality topsoil was imported during the final grading to improve the quality of the turf and allow for proper grass regeneration.

Throughout the project, we were able to coordinate multiple deliveries of retaining wall blocks and gravel. We were also able to keep the street clear of mud and debris, just as the township had requested.  The township roadmaster had multiple job site visits to our project and was impressed with the quality of the installation.  The end results were improved visibility and safety for the drivers at the intersection and a much easier front lawn for Nancy to maintain!  It was a pleasure working with Nancy on this retaining wall project!

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Willow Gates Landscaping, Hardscape Contractors

At Willow Gates Landscaping, our dedication to delivering exceptional services is guided by our core values—quality, integrity, and relationships. Our foundation is built on hard work, precision, and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring top-notch craftsmanship in every project.

Integrity is critical in every deal we undertake, underlined by our commitment to transparency and honesty. We aim to provide outstanding work at affordable prices, showcasing our dedication to quality service. Above all, we highly value the relationships we establish with our clients, emphasizing open communication and respecting their privacy. Our genuine appreciation for our customers is evident in every aspect of our service.

Willow Gates Landscaping offers a diverse range of services. To explore the details of each service, please click on the links below. We are more than happy to engage in discussions about any of these services with you!


Landscape Design

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Hardscape Patios

Our skilled team excels in the art of crafting patios, walls, and steps using top-quality products. With expertise, we bring your envisioned features to life with precision in both design and implementation.

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Permeable Driveways

Discover the advantages that permeable driveways offer over traditional asphalt driveways. Explore the transformative impact a permeable driveway can have on your property!

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Landscape Lighting

Elevate your landscape to a new level by seamlessly incorporating lighting into any project. Illuminate your property with exceptional landscape lighting solutions, enhancing the overall ambiance with brilliance.

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Stormwater Management

Given that patios and other hardscaping elements may necessitate stormwater management, we specialize in designing and implementing effective solutions for efficient water management.

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Water Features

Elevate your project to new heights by seamlessly integrating waterfalls to complement pools or gardens. Enhance the overall appearance of your property, making it the envy of the neighborhood!

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Outdoor Kitchens

Explore the potential of outdoor kitchens and fireplaces as remarkable additions to your property. Take advantage of our expertise, as we specialize in the design and installation of these exceptional backyard projects.

General Contracting

Beyond landscaping and hardscaping, we take on projects that encompass various elements. Regardless of the scope, our unwavering commitment is to diligently work towards turning your dreams into reality!