Types of Retaining Walls for Your Yard

Retaining walls are a good way to contain raised gardens and prevent erosion. Here are some different techniques for building a retaining wall in your yard:

  • Dry Stacked Retaining Wall: Involves building a stone wall with no mortar. To make sure it holds up, a dry stacked wall may need to be installed by a professional.
  • Battered Retaining Wall: A battered (stepped) retaining wall is made from stacked blocks with each row stepped back from the one below at a slope of about 1” for every foot of height.
  • Concrete Block Retaining Wall: While not as attractive, a retaining wall can be made of concrete (cinder) blocks installed on a poured concrete footing. Rebar embedded in the footing extends up into the blocks, which are mortared in place then filled with concrete.

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  1. I have a retaining wall that about five feet high. When it rains the dirt from behind the wall washes through.What do I need to do?


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