How to Handle Slopes in your Landscaping

How to Handle Slopes in your Landscaping . . . Retaining walls. Yes, of course but there are many other ways to handle slopes in landscape design.

You will be surprised at how interesting and important these retaining methods can be.

The primary purpose of these sturdy structures is to prevent soil erosion and effectively hold back earth on sloped landscapes. They are usually made with masonry, stone, or concrete; however, we are going to show some other methods that are innovative and very effective.

1) Retaining Wall Method – Tandem/Belgard on entryway-stairway 4 ft. retaining wall.
2) Waterfall Retaining Wall Method – Extreme Slope – The waterfall masks the slope
3) Kitchen, Fireplace & Stairway Retaining Wall Method – the built wall is the security
4) Hot Tub Method – Swim -Spa & Deck become the retaining wall
5) Seatwall w/Backrest becomes the retaining wall method
6) Built-up wall to foundation elevation – becomes retaining wall
7) Pathway & Boulder Steps & Hot tub – retaining wall
8) Outdoor Kitchen becomes retaining wall
9) Boulders & Plantings style to retain soil from erosion

Retaining walls: A wall that holds a mass of Earth. Proper design & installation prevents materials from moving due to gravitational pull. These sturdy structures prevent soil erosion, may create useable beds in landscape design and may also mask as decorative and functional seat walls.

These important walls date back to ancient Egypt, used to harness the Nile river. Egyptians built Gabion style retaining walls from reeds to counteract flooding and soil erosion. Retaining walls diverted the flow of water from the Nile into reservoirs as well as fields for farming purposes.
Yes, modern times have brought innovations in materials used to build retaining walls, they have largely remained the same: preventing soil erosion, creating space, and diverting water.

A famous retaining wall – the Great Wall of China is the longest border wall in the world at more than 13,000 miles long. It has been called the longest feat of human engineering built from 1368 to 1644. Whew, if you have ever built a retaining wall of any size, you will understand why we included these amazing historical facts in this description.

This video will give you some useful outdoor living ideas for retaining walls and sloped landscapes. The Before & After projects may provide a solution for some spot in your landscape.

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24 Comments

  1. VA P on April 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    We have a a slope in the front and back and it’s a headache to landscape! Please help!

  2. elsa Grace on April 24, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Dude, why you bullshitting? The walls on the last house are River Rocks taken from a river. Those are not rocks from a quarry. Puuh-leeez!

  3. Rojel Gurung on April 24, 2021 at 12:10 am

    So nicely made 🇺🇸🇧🇹👌

  4. HomeGrownPyro on April 24, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Some incredible landscapes in this video. Nice job

  5. Tionni's Lane on April 24, 2021 at 12:10 am

    What kind of drainage do you use for these types of projects?

  6. Julie Mulcahy on April 24, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Can you come to Costa Rica

  7. Ceekay Gangte on April 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Wow! This is just wow! I love it specially the nature look

  8. Mike T. on April 24, 2021 at 12:16 am

    $$$$

  9. HOUSE OF CICHLIDS on April 24, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Looking beautiful

  10. Kelly Y on April 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Your designs/work are just gorgeous

  11. Neo Theoneness on April 24, 2021 at 12:25 am

    You guys are amazing, true artists in the craft.

  12. Don't Get Mad Get Wise on April 24, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I can afford a couple of blocks… your solutions are massively over my budget. Thanks for…. nothing.

  13. Cliff DaRiff on April 24, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Too much block, walls….overdone. It’s not a plaza for god’s sake, it’s a yard.

  14. Bridgette Ann on April 24, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Wow! Those look great

  15. Gillian Radford on April 24, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Thank you that was a great video!

  16. Kristen Howery on April 24, 2021 at 12:45 am

    what about landscaping a slope on a budget lol

  17. BobbyKDesigns on April 24, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Looks great! We’re starting a project in Augusta, GA this week and we’re using quite a bit on the tandem wall. Pretty slick product!

  18. Wayne Chism on April 24, 2021 at 12:48 am

    How much did all this cost?

  19. Asaan Britt on April 24, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Excellent work!

  20. Miles Teg on April 24, 2021 at 12:50 am

    this video basically just says, Hey spend thousands of dollars on your backyard and people will do stuff to it.

  21. wendyc hetherington on April 24, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Wow! I live in North Wales and am struggling on my own with the hardscape in my garden. I live alone and its difficult trying to work projects alone. My garden is on three levels and on the right side its just a long slope, I;m digging it all at the moment and am finding old bricks, tiles, fire glass that has just been buried in the soil in the past, I am sore and disheartened. You are absolutely amazing and your clients must be thrilled. Well done to you and your team.

  22. haledragon1 on April 24, 2021 at 12:53 am

    At 8:32 a ese güey yo lo conozco!
    Great work , amazing video!

  23. Cam Packer on April 24, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Have you considered the arisolized sealers. The pressurize the house and atomize a sealer that finds the holes

  24. Steve Dohnal on April 24, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Great designs, love the “natural” look you get.

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