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Stabilize Your Yard And Enhance Your Look - Options In Retaining Wall Materials

by Sheila Vasquez

If you've recently purchased your first home, you'll soon find that one of the biggest challenges is finishing your landscaping in a way that highlights the look that you want for your property. One of the most difficult landscaping challenges can be building a retaining wall that's strong enough to stabilize your soil but attractive enough to keep your home looking inviting.

Below, you'll find a guide to some of the materials available in retaining wall construction. With this information in mind, you can construct a wall that will fit in directly with your aesthetic, and you can be secure in the knowledge that that wall will remain strong for many years to come.

Concrete Blocks

Typically the most common, concrete block walls have remained popular over the years because of their surpassing strength. The blocks tend to be quite heavy and therefore very difficult to move, allowing you to stack them in whatever shape is most appropriate for your yard without any fear of failure or collapse.

While some people may believe that concrete won't give them the look they desire, modern concrete walls feature many color and texture options. Modern concrete is manufactured in a wide variety of tones, so you can choose from a sterile, industrial look to a warm, earthy look and everything in between..


If you want a wall that is designed to look as though it naturally sprouted up from the ground, a rubble wall may be the right choice for you. Composed of stones of varying shapes and sizes cobbled together into a strong structure, a rubble wall can be an excellent choice if you're trying to maintain a woodsy aesthetic.

Rubble walls are typically best used in situations where you don't want your wall to be particularly high, as the varying sizes of the stones can make it difficult for the wall to fit smoothly together. They do, however, make excellent decorations for gardens and other outside landscaping features.


Timber walls feature the strength and uniform rigidity of concrete blocks while also having some of the natural appeal of a rubble wall. They also tend to be less expensive than other materials and are more easily designed to navigate around sharp angles and stairs. If you're constructing a timber wall, make sure that you lay a strong gravel base for it to rest on and that you have fully considered your needs for a drainage system surrounding it.

For help planning your retaining wall, talk with a landscaping professional, like Terra-Sol Landscaping