Ecoyards Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are not only functional, they add character and structure to your landscape. They create usable landscape space and help control erosion that occurs on steep slopes. Here at Ecoyards we build retaining walls from a variety of materials including natural rock, concrete, manufactured concrete retaining wall blocks and wood (including railroad ties). The type of material you choose for your retaining wall will depend on the amount of earth you need to retain, the style and look of the retaining wall and your budget.URL :

What retaining wall lasts the longest?

To build a retaining wall we begin by marking the location of the retaining wall with stakes and string. We then excavate the area and install a base layer of crushed stone or gravel using a vibratory tamper. Next we install the first course of retaining wall blocks. A level is used to ensure each block is in its proper place and a rubber mallet is used to tap each block into place. We use a color coordinated mortar to finish the wall for an attractive look.

A beautiful option for a retaining wall is to construct it from natural rock. This is a labor intensive process and can be expensive because of the need for special tools, trucks and crews. Manufactured stone, brick or concrete is a less labor intensive and cost effective option for retaining walls. It is important to remember that the wall is designed to retain soil so it must be able to withstand lateral pressure. We recommend consulting a professional engineer to ensure your retaining wall is structurally sound and will not cause problems in the future.

Continue Reading