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Retaining Walls: Sloped Yard Solution

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Ah, retaining walls. For something that has so much potential to improve the look and usability of a property, these structural strongholds are often nothing more than a practical way of keeping water and dirt where they belong on a pesky slope. But, who wants a drab concrete wall next to their home? Not us! So, we've compiled 35 of our favorite retaining wall ideas that are as beautiful as they are functional.

There aren't any strict rules when it comes to retaining walls. Everything, from the size and shape to the materials you use, is totally dictated by your property's needs and your vision. From winding walls made from unique materials like corten steel, a type of steel that is designed to rust, to extraordinary designs utilizing ordinary (and wallet-friendly) landscape blocks, your only limits are your budget and imagination.

Retaining walls can be made from materials like brick, concrete, stone, steel, timber and more. Your chosen material will determine both the look and strength of your retaining wall. If you need to landscape a front yard slope, stacking terraces of timber can keep everything in its place while curating can't-miss curb appeal. Want to bolster your backyard's rolling landscape? Loosely weaving in walls of earthy rocks will lend a natural look on subtle slopes, while neatly stacking cut stone will offer a distinguished, formal appearance.

Already have a retaining wall? Don't worry — you don't have to replace your existing retaining wall to beautify your landscape. We've got some tips and tricks for overhauling unsightly retaining walls, too.