Retaining Walls Made From Concrete Blocks.
Concrete block retaining walls Adelaide residents have installed are one of the most popular retaining walls used in front yards and back gardens, especially for elaborate feature walls and garden beds. Concrete blocks offer the flexibility not found with other types of retaining wall products.
This article looks at what can be achieved using concrete block retaining walls, with images to show why they should be considered if you are looking at retaining sections of your garden.
Concrete Block Retaining Wall Design Examples
The following 4 concrete block retaining wall designs illustrate just how flexible building retaining walls using concrete blocks can be.
Curved Retaining Walls
Perhaps the most obvious example of why concrete blocks are chosen for feature retaining walls is that they can be curved to form decorative garden beds. Instead of being restricted to straight walls, curves can be introduced into a landscape design using concrete blocks to retain small or large amounts of soil.
Split Level Garden Design
Whether you are creating a large level area to lawn, or just trying to create a level feature area to look at, concrete blocks offer the solution.
Water Feature Wall
Concrete block retaining walls can be readily lined to hold water for ponds or built to form an elegant water feature wall.
Match Other Landscaping Elements
Trying to match a concrete block retaining wall with the same style and colour paver and capping is no problem either.
Concrete Block Retaining Wall Construction
Where ever steps are constructed, the concrete blocks are filled with concrete, to compensate for the extra traffic. If the concrete blocks are used on a compacted quarry rubble base, a concrete footing is poured to make sure there is no sinking, the concrete blocks are then filled with either aggregate or quarry rubble.
Concrete Block Retaining Wall Cost
Concrete block retaining walls cost is comparable to the cost of retaining walls made using concrete sleepers or moss rocks, but will depend on how elaborate the wall will be; the number of levels and steps involved.
Concrete Block Retaining Wall Tips:
Concrete block retaining walls make for a clean modern looking retaining wall and are quite simple to construct if only a few rows high. As with all landscaping, base preparation is important to make sure the wall stays straight and level in years to come. It is also very important to make sure water is not allowed to build up behind the wall. ‘Ag pipe’ connected to your storm water pipes is a must for drainage on large walls.
Read how to build a concrete block retaining wall, or contact Visual Landscape Gardening, the retaining wall specialists with over 25 years experience.