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Planning for a Block Retaining Wall

Retaining Wall in Landscape.

Updated July 24, 2020

Marc M.

By Marc M.

A retaining wall can prevent erosion and create a beautiful, terraced landscape. Use the instructions below to estimate materials for a retaining wall.

Calculating Material for Your Retaining Wall Project

Use the examples below as guides and adjust them to fit your project. Your material needs may vary depending on your specific design. Before you buy materials or begin work, check local building codes and your homeowner's association regulations to see if there are any restrictions or requirements you need to follow. A permit may be mandatory in some areas.

Good to Know

This guide provides instructions for estimating materials for a wall constructed of retaining wall blocks. For instructions on building a wall with concrete blocks (sometimes called cinder blocks) and mortar, see Laying Block.


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