Many people find a perfectly level lawn to be lacking in visual excitement. Sometimes this can be addressed by interesting softscape flower beds, pruned trees, and accent lighting. Other hardscape features like a fountain, water or fire pit can also provide more three-dimensional interest.

Sometimes landscaping block can be used to create raised beds for flowers and other interesting softscape elements. These blocks can even be used to craft things like an outdoor entertainment space with built-in seating.

A yard that has changes in pitch and elevation might benefit from one or more retaining walls. In a certain light, they provide physical structure for holding things like softscape planting beds. They are especially helpful and may even be necessary if your hard or new landscaping concept has significant changes in elevation.

In certain scenarios, a retaining wall is the only option for preventing eventual shifts in soil or problems with erosion. This type of retaining wall needs to be professionally designed and constructed to effectively resist the lateral pressure of the soil through changes caused by rain as well as seasonal weather.

Irregularities in your turf and soil may also benefit or even require a retaining wall. This is especially true with new construction homes where the yard is essentially starting with a blank slate. These retaining walls are created to hold back soil while also providing a customized look to the otherwise irregular landscape shape.

CM’s designers and specialists might also recommend some form of retaining wall for steps used to connect your front door to the public sidewalk below. Railings and other features can then be integrated for added safety. This helps hold your hard in its ideal shape while also serving a functional purpose. Some municipalities require retaining walls of this nature depending on the changes in elevation between your yard and the existing easement or a sidewalk or roadway.

Most retaining walls are made from landscaping blocks that are held together in some way. However, this is not the only option for a retaining wall.