About Retaining Walls

A lot of people want their backyard to be an inviting and relaxing place, but also a very natural-looking place. When landscaping, you have to level ground areas to complete most work. Some choose another option, to keep a rolling landscape and use a retaining wall. A retaining wall is a structure that holds or retains soil behind it.

Types of Retaining Walls

There are many different options you can use for a retaining wall. You can choose from different materials like concrete, stone, and brick, to choosing different ways to style it. Some popular types of retaining walls are listed below:


Interlocking concrete block:  This is also known as a segmented wall. It is easy to install and does not use mortar. The units are small and very modular. You can choose from many different styles, textures, and colors. Interlocking retaining walls cost about $12-$20 per square foot.

Block pavers:

  • Stone: Provides a rustic appeal
  • Brick: Provides a more formal look
  • Cinder block: Inexpensive and can be reinforced with steel
  • Concrete: Even though it is not particularly attractive; it is very strong. This can be veneered with thin pavers to provide a more appealing look. It costs about $15-$20 per square foot.