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.
Tricks of the Trade for Retaining Walls
All About Retaining Walls
Learn everything you need to know about retaining walls.
How to Build a Retaining Wall
Solve your slope problem with a concrete-block wall that adds space and structure.
Concrete Retaining Wall
Build it yourself! Our step-by-step instructions will show you how to make a concrete retaining wall.
Loose-Masonry Retaining Wall
Built with ashlar stone! See how to make a loose-masonry retaining wall.
Mortared Stone Wall
A stone wall lends romance to a yard and garden. It also helps mark boundaries or divide spaces.
Build a small and stylish retaining wall yourself! See how to build with concrete stones that stack and lock.
Wood Retaining Wall
Build a wooden retaining wall with pressure-treated timbers. We’ll show you how.
A Dozen Dry Stack Wall Ideas
No mortar needed! Dry stack stone walls offer beautiful and natural-looking landscaping elements.
How to Shop for Landscaping Stone
Stone is beautiful and natural! And it’s more affordable than you think. See your options.
Stone Wall Ideas
Fieldstone, flagstone, stacked block: There are so many building options for stone walls.