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Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are practical and beautiful elements to include in a landscape. They can help solve a variety of problems and offer unique planting opportunities as well. A retaining wall can be a good do-it-yourself project for a variety of skill levels. Get started on yours with our retaining wall ideas. Retaining walls are most often used to help hold back a slope; here's how to build one that adds space and structure, as well as improves the value of your home. There are many different types of retaining walls, some of which are time-intensive to build. Before you pick one, take a look at the how-tos for building all different types of retaining walls, including dry-laid, freestanding, and short flagstone, as well as concrete, stacking, wood, brick, and loose masonry. If you're going to handle your own project, learn how to build the various elements; we have instructions, including making forms for poured walls, slabs, wall footings, clamps, and cross-ties. Before you choose which type of wall you need, evaluate the costs and pros and cons of handling the types of landscaping stone; use this guide to get started.

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Loose-Masonry Retaining Wall

This wall is built with ashlar stone -- we'll show you how to do it.

Stone Wall Ideas

Create a long-lasting and elegant enclosure by adding a stone wall to your yard.

Mortared Stone Wall

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Wood Retaining Wall

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Concrete Retaining Wall

Follow these step-by-step instructions to build a small retaining wall.


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