Retaining walls often go unnoticed, but they are key components of good landscape designs. In this blog post, we review their purpose as well as the steps involved in installing a retaining wall in your back yard.

When is a retaining wall needed?

A retaining wall is often required to create a flat area for a landscaping feature. For example, if your backyard slopes, even slightly, you may need a retaining wall to help level the yard to accommodate a patio or an inground pool. We also often use retaining walls for front walkways when there is a slope from the front door to the driveway.

What does a retaining wall look like?

Retaining walls come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Check out our photo gallery of retaining walls to get some ideas.

What are the steps to building a retaining wall?

First, a professional from E.A. Quinn will visit your property to take measurements. We have specialized tools to help us quickly determine the slope of the land, which will help us determine what size retaining wall is required. Once we have a design for the retaining wall, the installation process begins. Sometimes excavation equipment is required to move earth and create a level area. Then we build the necessary base to allow for proper drainage. Next, we install the blocks or stone that you’ve selected. Finally, after the retaining wall is built, we often install plantings to complement the design.

What can you make a retaining wall out of?

You can use concrete pavers or natural stone in a retaining wall. Pavers are popular because they come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, which means you can find a color and style that suits your visual tastes. Natural stone is less uniform than concrete pavers, but has its own charm and is sure to stand the test of time. The experts at E.A. Quinn can review the pros and cons of various hardscape options.

Why use a landscaper to build a retaining wall?

There are many homeowners who are capable of building a retaining wall. However, E.A. Quinn has years of experience designing and installing retaining walls. We have also built thousands of them for both private homeowners as well as commercial properties throughout Connecticut. If you want a retaining wall that will last for years to come, contact us.