Skip Navigation

Best Retaining Wall Options

Best Retaining Wall Options
There’s more than one way to build a retaining wall.

Retaining walls are one of the engineering feats of landscaping. Retaining walls bear horizontal loads to help maintain the formation of the land, keep the dirt from falling, and clean up steep slopes. Retaining walls are perfect for multi-tiered gardens and steep-sloped gardens. The discerning homeowner will benefit from studying up on the many retaining wall options one has. Should you have additional questions or need a landscaper, Michael Bryan Landscapes is here to assist!

Retaining Wall Designs

The retaining wall may seem like just a wall in the hill, but there is much engineering behind its unassuming facade. There are multiple ways to implement one.


The cantilever retaining wall is a wedge thickening at the bottom. Its slope goes up and against the dirt behind it. Underground, a horizontal slab extends back into the dirt to help anchor it in the ground. Meanwhile, the cantilever L-shaped version does not have a wedge, forming an L-shape between the wall and horizontal slab.


An anchored wall is simply a wall set into the ground with long poles with plates at either end extending into the slope behind it. The plates at either end secure the wall to the slope and the slope to the wall. There is also a screw design in which a large screw replaces the interior plate.


Meanwhile, the gravity wall is a wedge angled equally on both sides, similar to a construction cone. One version is simply this wedge, planted deep into the soil. Another version includes a rectangular base extending on both sides.


Among retaining wall options, the piling version is the simplest. It is merely one wall that stays in place by sitting deep down in the ground, perhaps twice as deep as it is tall aboveground.

Bring Your Landscaping Vision to Life with Michael Bryan Landscapes

When you work with Michael Bryan Landscapes, you are bringing your landscaping vision to life with a team of experts who are committed to the quality of their work on your home. Whether you want to design a landscape for your outdoor space, build a deck, or install a stone patio, our team of experts is ready to help you make it happen. Since 2009, we have served Maryland and Northern Virginia with a variety of landscaping, hardscaping, design, and installation services that not only keep your outdoor space looking great but working as efficiently as possible to meet the needs of your family throughout the year. If you are ready to get started with your landscaping project or service today, call us at 443-203-1951 or email us at Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for updates and weekly landscaping tips!

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 13th, 2021 at 11:21 am. Both comments and pings are currently closed.