Spruce Up Your Yard With These Retaining Wall Ideas

Now that winter is in full swing in New Jersey, plenty of homeowners use the time indoors to start planning home projects for the spring. There is a long list of project possibilities and deciding which will improve your home the most is often a difficult decision. Whether you already have an agenda or are looking for new ideas, building a retaining wall is a great way to increase property value while sprucing up your yard.

Retaining walls are both functional and beautiful additions to a landscape. Their most significant benefit is that they prevent soil erosion which can often destroy property. Retaining walls also prevent flooding as well as provide a focal point for backyards. Retaining walls can be used for more than just protecting an area on the property. Here are some retaining wall ideas that will make your yard stand out.

Raised Gardens

Planting and tending to a garden requires much work. Many gardeners use raised gardens to cut down on weeds, soil compaction, and to create better drainage. You can create raised gardens by building retaining walls with natural stone instead of using a traditional wood design.

Multi-level Yard

Houses built on a hill can benefit from a tiered yard. By adding retaining walls to create multiple yards, homeowners create enjoyable flat levels of yard instead of an unusable slope.

Create Separation

Retaining walls are a great way to divide or separate areas in the yard. Add retaining walls around pools, patios, and even a play area to create definition and add character to each area.

Fun Features

A backyard is supposed to be enjoyable but figuring out how to make it fun is often a challenge. Retaining walls can be used to build a sandbox, pond, and even a waterfall. Create the desired shape using stone, add a liner, and fill it with sand for little ones to enjoy or install pond features and add water and fish.

Seating Area

Picnics and gatherings are a favorite activity every summer. If you struggle with not having enough seats for guests, a retaining wall is an innovative way to add seats that don’t clutter up space. Add walls around trees for shade or near the patio for additional seating options.


Depending on the size of your backyard or patio, you may be looking for ideas on how to make it look less dull. Use retaining walls to build flower planters are various spots to add height, color, and to break up the monotony.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are another fun addition to a backyard that can be created with retaining walls. Choose the shape and place, add the retaining wall to create the pit as well as nearby seating.

If you are ready to add a retaining wall to your yard, contact Morris Brick & Stone for your stone, brick, and concrete needs.