Building a stackable block retaining wall makes a great do-it-yourself project, though it requires a lot of physical labor and some heavy lifting. Here’s how to go about it.

Building a block retaining wall:

    • Wall Excavation: Dig out and level the ground for the retaining wall.
    • Wall Foundation: Add a base of crushed stone, and use a tamp to compact it.
    • Laying Blocks: Stack the blocks, following the manufacturer’s instructions, applying construction or landscape adhesive between each layer of blocks.

Pavestone Yukon-style Rockwall stackable blocks were used to build this wall. Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

A retaining wall begins with a level, solid foundation. Dig out the area and level the soil before adding a crushed stone base. The base will need to be compacted with a tamp before you begin to install the blocks.

Retaining wall blocks have a lip on the back edge to keep them leaning into the hill. Follow the block manufacturer’s direction concerning the necessary overlap and pattern for the blocks. As the wall goes up, you’ll want to add construction or landscape adhesive between the courses of blocks.

Once the wall is complete and you’ve installed the cap blocks, you can backfill the dirt behind it and complete the landscaping.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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