Stone Retaining Walls: Factors to Consider

Landscape boulder with tallgrass, a stone retaining wall and decorative gravel

Stone retaining walls are a great way to increase the functionality of your yard or garden. In most cases, the walls are used for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Many homeowners use stone walls to help control erosion, add curb appeal, and they also provide a focal point for the landscaping of their yard. Additionally, these walls can be created to help maintain the structural integrity of homes. Many homeowners also choose to include these structures in their insurance policies.

However, stone retaining walls must be installed properly to look good, perform well, and hold up against nature over time. And there are several factors that you should be aware of before constructing your wall. By learning more about this type of structure, you will be more able to get the landscaping beauty and protection you need from a good retaining wall.

Stone Wall Size Constraints

The first consideration is the size of your yard or garden. If you are installing stone retaining walls in an area that is less than one thousand feet square, it is best to make sure that the walls do not go above ten feet high.

Likewise, if you plan to build a dry stacked stone retaining wall, then you should consider installing walls that go no higher than the traditional three feet high. Beyond that height some engineering may be required. You should also check with your local home authorities to determine the maximum height of the structure that is allowed to be on your property.

Materials Choices

There are other factors that you should consider when selecting the right type of wall for your yard. For instance, you should consider the types of materials that you would like to see used in the wall. 

Retaining wall blocks are typically constructed using one of three options: brick, natural stone, or concrete. Each of these options has different pros and cons, so you should take the time to evaluate which one will be best for your garden and yard.

Long retaining wall all in focus with lawn and another retaining wall in the back

Retaining Wall Installation

The next very important consideration involves the soil conditions of your property and the installation of your retaining wall. This is where it’s best to consult a proven professional to assure that your landscape retaining walls will be properly installed.

Hydraulic pressure can destroy retaining walls that aren’t constructed correctly with an efficient drainage system in place. We’ve seen lots of retaining walls deteriorate quickly due to poor installation.

So, before starting your project, you should contact a professional landscape builder to determine the best location for your new retaining wall. The size and shape of your rock retaining wall will be determined by the slope, erosion factors, the size of your yard, and the amount of space available.

You can save yourself a lot of money by having your retaining wall installation done right.

Landscaping Aesthetics

One final factor that you should take into consideration regarding natural stone landscape retaining walls is the appearance of the retaining material. 

It is highly recommended that the material you choose matches the natural look of your yard and garden. The colors in the rock should also coordinate with the colors in your home and any existing hardscapes. 

Likewise, you will want to pay attention to the textures offered by the various types of stone available. Any good landscape materials and hardscape supply store will be able to help with these kinds of choices. And if you are using a professional hardscape contractor they can provide guidance and helpful suggestions as well.

Dry stack natural stone retaining walls used as planters in front of a lake home

Professional Assistance

Southwest Stone Supply is a great source for high-quality hardscape supply. If you want a magnificent looking retaining wall that will stand the test of time, we can help. Plus, we are a supplier for homeowners, contractors, municipalities, and retail materials yards. So whatever your need, give us a call today for professional guidance, friendly customer service, and competitive prices.

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