Building a Landscape Retaining Wall

Building a Landscape Retaining Wall

In this blog, we aim to provide guidance regarding a landscape retaining wall.

At PPC Concrete Products, we are here to provide solutions for your construction needs, from the person working their own part-time project, to commercial clients, and everyone in-between.

Monthly construction output had risen an estimated by an 1.6% value in June 2023, and we would like to think our accessible concrete products had a small part to play by giving our clients easy access to reliable and easy-to-use construction solutions.

Is a retaining wall the same as a landscape retaining wall?

Is a retaining wall the same as a landscape retaining wall?

In essence, yes. Retaining walls are designed to optimise the land it is erected in by keeping land organised. This is usually through creating a wall that retains land that was originally sloped. Retaining walls can vary in size.

Additional benefits of retaining walls include…

  • It can help to maintain health and safety.
  • It can be used to create pathways that were not available or viable before the wall was made.
  • If installed correctly, it can promote healthy drainage of rainwater, which prevents large puddles from forming.
  • Creates an organised aesthetic.

Landscape retaining walls are similar in function to a regular retaining wall. However, the key difference is that a landscape retaining wall will likely have features that optimise the space or have a specific aesthetic goal in mind.

A common example is a retaining wall that is separated into different levels in which you can plant flowers in. This kind of application is great for those with a green thumb and looking for an easy way to grow their plants and still keep them separate.

Good vs bad retaining walls

A good retaining wall…

  • Has no puddles forming behind the wall when it rains.
  • Features drainage.
  • Is vertically straight.
  • Has no gaps in the wall.
  • It is secure and cannot be moved.

A bad retaining wall…

  • Has puddles forming behind the wall due to improper or no drainage.
  • It is bulging, or not vertically straight, due to a lack of reinforcement and proper drainage.
  • Has gaps in the wall.
  • Has leaks coming from the wall.
  • Individual parts of the wall can be moved.

In a vast majority of cases, bad retaining walls are created due to people undertaking the project with a lack of knowledge and experience. We strongly recommend the services of a professional to help you with your retaining wall.

Building a landscape retaining wall

Is a raised garden bed the same as a retaining wall?

Building a landscape retaining wall can present further challenges from a typical retaining wall. Though, this is entirely dependent on the plans submitted by the landowner.

The reason landscape retaining walls may pose more of a challenge is because there may be aesthetic choices made such as the path of the retaining wall. (Curved or wavy rather than a straight wall).

What’s more is that if the landowner wanted separate divisions in their retaining wall, that would require further planning and work. In this instance, consultation from a landscaper would be imperative to complete this task.

There is more than one way to construct a landscape retaining wall. Though, it can be argued that one of the most full-proof options available to you is employing the use of Interlocking Concrete Blocks.

Why are Interlocking Concrete Blocks good for a retaining wall?

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are perfect to use for making a retaining wall for the following reasons…

  • Interlocking Concrete Blocks require no binding materials in order to create a secure and lasting connection. Simply align the recesses of the block you will place in conjunction with the studs of the block below it.
  • Interlocking Concrete Blocks come in many sizes. This makes them perfect for retaining walls of any scale.
  • Interlocking Concrete Blocks are heavy, especially once they have interlocked. This increased centre of gravity makes it almost impossible to topple without a significantly strong force.
  • Due to being made from concrete, Interlocking Concrete Blocks also have a respectable level of durability attached to them. Although your retaining wall won’t be under constant forceful impacts (we hope!) It is reassuring to know that it is strong enough, just in case.
  • Interlocking Concrete Blocks are essentially weatherproof. They are not affected by freezing temperatures or significant heat due to weather, or any flames.
  • Our Interlocking Concrete Blocks also come as ‘Rock Face Blocks’ which swap the standard plain grey facing to an aesthetic, natural looking rocky front. Alternatively, choosing the standard facing option is fine, as you can paint it to achieve your own unique look if you so choose.

Should I use a landscaper for a landscape retaining wall?

If you have no experience in landscaping, or erecting a retaining wall, seeking the guidance and services of a landscaper could be vital. Even in the planning phase, a landscaper would be able to show you further ways for you to maximise the use of the space if it is possible.

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are not the only option you can use for a landscape retaining wall, and a landscaper can help you explore other options if you decide to.

Although it could be costly, the level of expertise you are paying for is definitely worth it. You can easily find a reputable landscaper through a simple search on the internet.

What else can I use Interlocking Concrete Blocks for?

How many concrete blocks do I need?

Here is a list of some of the uses that Interlocking Concrete Blocks can facilitate.

  • Material Storage bays
  • Blast walls
  • Salt stores
  • Crash protection
  • Push walls
  • Security barriers
  • Segregation bays, i.e. recycling centres
  • Retaining walls
  • Industrial buildings
  • Fire breaks
  • Counterweights
  • Roadblocks

What are the advantages of interlocking concrete blocks?

  • Longer lasting and more durable than a Gabion basket
  • Quicker and less hassle to install
  • No need for mortar, saving you money and time
  • No need for steel reinforcement or shuttering
  • Resistant to extreme weather conditions
  • Fire-resistant properties, mitigating the spread of fire depending on the structure
  • Little maintenance required
  • Often, no foundation is needed before installing
  • Sound resistant
  • Sustainable
  • Ability to stack them upon each other
  • Flexibility in sizes
  • Appropriate for temporary and/or permanent buildings
  • Unlikely to be displaced due to the interlocking function

How much does a retaining wall cost?

The cost of a retaining wall pertains to a fair few factors that must be decided before anything can begin. Once these factors are established, an accurate quote of the retaining wall can be given by the professional you choose to create it.

  • The length of the retaining wall
  • The height of the retaining wall.
  • The material you decide to construct it with. (Bricks, Interlocking Concrete Blocks, wood etc).

Once this is decided, there are additional details that will factor into the total cost of the retaining wall, this includes…

  • Labour costs per worker
  • Renting of mechanical equipment or machinery if required.

If you are considering using Interlocking Concrete Blocks for your retaining wall, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss the options you have available to you. We are happy to provide guidance, insight, and advice to any queries you may have.

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In this blog, we hope to have provided guidance regarding building a landscape retaining wall, whilst also providing additional information including construction solutions that we offer.

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