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Types of Retaining Walls for Your Yard
By: Tricia Craven Worley
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.
Watch this video to find out more.
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- How to Cut and Install Retaining Wall Topper Stones (article)
- How to Build Retaining Wall Corners (article)
- How to Align Blocks in a Curved Retaining Wall (article)
- White Efflorescence Stains on Retaining Walls (article)