How to Build Retaining Walls Stronger

Get strong, long-lasting retaining walls.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Rubber mallet
  • Spade
  • Utility knife

Compactor, If you build a timber wall, you'll need a circular saw to cut the timbers to length.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Masonry block system
  • Gravel
  • Landscape fabric
  • Drainage tile
  • Impervious soil
  • Reinforced grid material

If you choose a timber wall, you'll need timber and “deadman” anchors.