What are stone walls to the intent of a slope?
Water will reach the bottom just as intently.
Vines will love them more than a bare hillside, as much
as they do the trees they choke in their race to the sky.
Yet they will dislodge the stones with their effort.
And that water. If it happens to be slowed, its seepage
leaves no question as to its opinion of the wall.
Will the dirt that washes through be any cleaner than that
beneath your feet, that you wash from your shoes?
Restore the wall if you must, but that soil will
reach the bottom, like the water that carries it there.
Stone walls mean nothing to the intent of a slope.
Like a slice of pie, the lot on which my house sits (on a cul de sac) is wedge shaped, with the “point” fifty feet lower than the crust side (maintaining that pie analogy). My backyard is one continuous 250 ft. slope broken up by stone walls to ease the transition. Even so, it’s a stiff climb uphill. The lower area is heavy with 25 years of brush and honeysuckle. It’s pretty clear that neither of the previous owners maintained it. I’ve discovered walls I didn’t know to exist, including one (above) that formed a well around a vine encrusted oak. Un-raked leaves made it appear to be a continuation of the slope, and the well itself was two feet of composted leaves. And the wall is collapsing.