Retaining Wall Styles
Curved Tree Ring
A tree ring like this is probably one of the simpliest types of retaining walls. This one only took a couple of hours.
The lawn had a pretty good slope to it. We figure it's about 15 inches higher at the back of the tree ring than at the front. So for the first row we just went down to a point where the blocks would be completely buried.
This is a nice area to plant a tree and a few flowers.
One of the most typical retaining wall projects is a terraced wall on a house with a walkout lot.
There's always a good-sized hill along the side of the house and it's too steep for any plantings, and it's tough to mow the grass.
Terraced walls create some level areas for flowers and shrubs, and in this case it helped to hide the air conditioning compressor.
And like the tree ring, you can see how the curve dies into the hill.
Large Retaining Walls
The back of this house had a large hill running up from it. We've used a series of retaining walls to dress it up a little.
Along with the walls, we put a couple of level planting areas for some trees and shrubs, or maybe some vegetables and flowers.