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Today, designers are using retaining walls as a feature on properties just as much as they do for functionality. Not only can a retaining wall help to keep the earth in place, they are beautiful and improve the overall look of your home and garden. At J Birds, we know a thing or two about retaining walls. Talk to us about your Pittsburgh retaining wall needs and we will help you make the best decision for you! Here are the current, top retaining wall trends, that are most popular today.
LIVING RETAINING WALLSretaining wall trends
Adding green to your life has never been more popular! These in-demand retaining walls are made by using large blocks that have a hollowed-out space available for a plant. The blocks are generally hollow so all that you must do is add the plant and the soil, and voila! You have a green retaining wall. The blocks for these retaining walls come in various colors to compliment your house and the landscaping around your house. These living retaining walls give off a softer feel, while allowing you to use every inch of your gardening space.
These blocks stack together and interlock together, like bricks, with generally no mortar required. These walls can be straight or curved, and come in various colors. These interlocking systems are great for decks, patios, driveways, even long fences: this retaining wall system is functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
A natural stone retaining wall is just that: built from natural stones, either dry stacked or mortared together, offering a classic design that will last a lifetime. These walls are usually more expensive than other types of retaining walls but if built correctly, these walls will truly last a lifetime. You have the ability to mix and match and choose what stones you want to use with a natural wall; the possibilities are endless.


J Birds Landscaping and Excavating Services has grown over the years from your local neighborhood grass cutter to your choice for Pittsburgh excavation services. We can do it all! We provide numerous services for our customers, from residential landscaping needs to commercial trucking and hauling, J Birds is your go-to for Pittsburgh landscaping and excavation services.

Do I Need a French Drain?

A French drain is a slightly sloped trench, filled with round gravel and a pipe, which diverts water away from your building’s foundation, or other another area, such as a parking lot, by using the principle of gravity. It is not named after the country but after Henry French, a judge and Farmer from Concord, MA, in 1859 who promoted the idea.  A French drain provides an easy channel for the water to flow through and then to empty into a safe distance away from your protected structure or area.

Boosting Property Value with Landscaping

A new kitchen and a beautiful new interior may add property value immediately but, did you know that not only does a properly landscaped yard add value immediately, it continues to add value as the plants mature and grow bigger. Appliances go bad. Designs go out of style. Plants are more robust and fuller as the years go by.

Hardscaping Ideas for your Backyard

Retaining walls can change the look and feel of your landscape into a hardscape. At J Birds Landscape, we can help you decide which is the right retaining wall for your space. There are thousands of retaining wall ideas and we want you to know about a few of them so that you can make an informed choice. Retaining walls add beauty, structure, strength, and eye-catching features that every homeowner can appreciate.

Looking for a Retaining Wall? Versa-Lok is the way to go!

At J Birds, we are in the business of beautifying your space. One of the ways of doing this, is by adding a retaining wall. VERSA-LOK retaining walls is an easy to install, easy to maintain, cost effective option for your retaining wall. VERSA-LOK gives you endless design options.


J Bird’s Dethatching Services

At JBirds Landscaping, we want to help make your lawn the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood! To achieve this, you have to get rid of the thatch. Thatch is essentially a layer of dry, dead grass (plant material). Dethatching services only has to be done on a lawn every other year in order to keep your lawn in tip-top shape! Our Pittsburgh winters can be harsh and cause a lot of damage to your lawn. Dethatching can remove some of the damage.


Retaining Wall Maintenance

A landscaping wall, or retaining wall, is the way for a gardener to help control gravity by holding back a part of the yard that would otherwise erode without the wall. The retaining wall installation must be solid and correctly maintained. At J Birds Landscaping, we can handle all of this; correctly installing and maintaining the retaining wall to keep your yard and garden in tip-top shape! Let’s go over a few important facts about a retaining wall.


VERSA-Lok Retaining Wall

VERSA-LOK systems are the first solid, pinned segmental retaining wall systems made available. These original systems enable you to fully customize and enjoy your outdoor living space and landscaping. From functional additions to style selections and simplistic engineering, VERSA-LOK systems are perfect for your space and budget. The J Bird’s Landscaping & Excavating team offers VERSA-LOK retaining wall systems, for trusted strength, durability and reliability.


Finding a Great Contractor

Finding out that you have hired a terrible contractor is not ever favorable; to find out after your project’s completion is much worse. Not every proclaiming professional contractor out there is actually a skillful and professional contractor. It requires a bit of research and observation to find and ensure that the contractor you hire for your next landscaping or excavation services is good and worthy.