Building a Retaining Wall

Category Landscaping
Adding a retaining wall to a steeply sloping yard can not only make landscaping easier, but also increase the plantable garden space. Here are some photos of the new stacked retaining wall and early plantings.


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During the summer of 2018 we added a second tier retaining wall to our front yard. It improved the existing steep slope that was mostly useless, as it was difficult to water and slippery to try and weed. In preparation for the wall construction we had several holly trees and a large fir tree removed. The fir interfered with the pink flowering dogwood at the top of the hill. The stumps seen in the lower garden are from those trees. The large granite stones were part of an earlier attempt by the previous homeowner to keep the hill stable, but there was always soil washing down and over the original wall.


Then the planting began.

Here are a few photos of the wall and early plantings taken over the end of summer and early fall.

This one is looking down from the top of the new stacked wall to the garden between the two walls.

When you don't have work shoes, just put plastic bags over your boots, as my granddaughter did here.

Click here to see the new plants this June My June Garden.

Photo Location
Our home in the Pacific Northwest, Olympic Peninsula

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