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Retaining Wall Material Guide

by Terri Holmes

Retaining walls can be a necessity in some landscapes. If you have a hill or slope that you want to prevent from crumbling or sliding, or if you prefer to have it terraced into steps of more usable level ground, then a retaining wall is the method of choice. Fortunately, when done well the wall itself isn't just utilitarian, it also adds aesthetic value to the landscape. This is why it's important to know your material options.


Wood walls must be made from treated lumber or they will rot. Even treated lumber, though, won't last forever. This is why wood is most often reserved for lower walls where there is no danger of major damage or damage to nearby structures if the wall does give out. Railroad ties or cedar are the most popular wood options because they can last a long time, but you must ensure they are properly braced so they don't bow or topple over under the weight of the soil behind them.

Concrete block

When you want something more durable than wood but there are budget constraints, concrete block is the choice that makes sense. Sometimes called cinder block walls, concrete blocks now provide a couple of basic design options. You can usually find blocks in colors other than cement gray. Block size may also vary. Concrete block typically is mortared together, so it can be labor intensive, but it is sturdy enough to create a foundation-supporting retaining wall.

Locking blocks

Locking blocks are made using a combination of cement, sand or gravel, and various dies, which gives you infinite possibilities when it comes to color and shape. The blocks are designed to lock together as they are stacked, so you can often create a wall with no need for mortar. Locking blocks work well for lower retaining walls of no more than a few feet, so they are often used to terrace in low slopes.


Natural stone is usually the most expensive option but it can be the most beautiful if you prefer a more natural look. Stones are generally dry fit together, although occasionally mortar is used depending on the weight of the soil load the wall supports. It's also possible to opt for a concrete block wall, and then apply a natural stone veneer over the surface.

For more help in choosing the best type of material, contact a retaining wall specialist in your area like Rock Solid Services LLC


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Spring is a breathtakingly beautiful time of the year. During this special season, I adore looking at the beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers in my front and back yards. Perhaps you want to enhance the appearance of your outdoor property this spring. Consider hiring a professional landscaper to help you accomplish this important task. An expert landscaper can plant fruit trees in your space. For instance, you might want this individual to plant apple, pear, peach, or orange trees on your property. You may also wish for this professional to plant attractive shrubs in front of your home. On this blog, I hope you will discover how a landscaper can help you have a spectacular spring. Enjoy!