Help! Don't want a retaining wall!
We have a cottage with a backyard that slopes towards the house. This condition has existed for the 100 year lifespan of the house so far. We have been advised to put in a retaining wall to keep the soil from slowly migrating and coming up against the foundation.
We really like having a yard without a retaining wall across the middle of it and would like to look at alternatives but don't know what they are. Right now the yard is completely torn up because we had to do some expensive foundation shoring up on this side of the house (after 100 years, a house built mostly on sand can start to sink a bit!). That work is complete and we need to have the yard regraded and get the grass going again.
One thought is to move the slope further back from the house. It's a fairly good sized yard and the main part of the slope was in the first third of the yard - probably about 20 feet from the house in most areas. The kids loved it for the slip n' slide. We thought we could regrade and push the slope further away from the house, without putting in a wall. It's probably about a 4 ft. total grade difference.
Any thoughts, advice or ideas?