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Retaining Walls
A retaining wall is important pieces of any landscaping plan. It can prevent erosion, improve drainage and create a larger usable area of your yard. While retaining walls are extremely functional, they can also be beautiful.

The experts at E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting can help you design a gorgeous retaining wall using anything from segmented block, natural fieldstone or granite. We can integrate a patio, poolscape staircase, pillar or walkway with your retaining wall as well.

When is a CT retaining wall required?

  • If you have a problem with erosion. Retaining walls reduce erosion by decreasing the angle of the slope of your yard and holding back soil.
  • If your yard slopes toward your home’s foundation.
  • When you want to level a portion of your yard to accommodate an Outdoor Living feature, such as a paver patio, pool or spa deck, outdoor kitchen or fire pit.
  • When you want to improve drainage.

And don’t forget that most retaining walls are enhanced by the right plantings. The experts at E.A. Quinn can pick the right plants to highlight your yard’s retaining wall.

Steps to designing a retaining wall

  • First, an expert from E.A. Quinn will come out to your home and discuss your needs regarding a retaining wall. We’ll take measurements and discuss your material options. You may want to use natural stone for your retaining wall, or you may want to use concrete block.
  • We’ll develop a design plan and cost estimate. The cost factors will include the size of the wall, the slope of the area and the material choices. If you are incorporating additional elements in the design — for example, is there a walkway or patio alongside the retaining wall? Will there be plantings? — those elements will also impact the investment level of the project.
  • Once you’ve signed off on the design, we’ll begin the retaining wall installation process.
  • The first step in the installation is typically digging. At E.A. Quinn we have trained landscapers and the latest machinery to make the earth moving and leveling process as efficient as possible.
  • Next, we prepare the base for the retaining wall.
  • Other elements included in retaining walls include: a perforated drain if necessary, geotextiles, compacted sub-soil, stone for drainage and top soil.
  • The stones or blocks are then placed to begin building the wall.

For more information on retaining wall collapse, visit our recent blog post on the subject. Unfortunately, it’s very common for retaining walls that are poorly designed to collapse over time. You can also see what type of work we’ve done on improving a property that had a failing retaining wall at its entrance. Finally, check out our recent blog post for tips on planning a retaining wall.

Browse the photos below to see examples of the both functional and beautiful retaining walls we’ve installed for our clients. Want more photos? Head over to our Galleries page to review various examples of retaining walls installed at CT homes by the experts at EA Quinn Landscape Contracting.

E.A. Quinn has done many projects for us, the most recent being a natural stone fireplace with an outdoor grilling area, as well as a paved walkway and natural stone retaining wall. We could not be happier with the work that they have done. Everyone on their team is great to work with.

— J.B.

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