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Unveiling the Hidden Strength Behind Your Retaining Wall


At Riverscapes Outdoor Living & Excavation, we’re excited to take you behind the scenes of one of our most crucial yet often overlooked aspects of landscape or hardscape design – the retaining wall. While these structures are admired for their visible beauty and functionality, the real magic happens behind the scenes, ensuring their durability and strength. Join us as we dive into the critical factors that contribute to a retaining wall’s longevity, inspired by our enlightening YouTube video, “Retaining Wall Construction: Critical Factors Behind the Scenes.”

The Secret to a Strong Retaining Wall

Drainage: The Unsung Hero

Water management is paramount in retaining wall construction. Proper drainage systems are essential to prevent water build-up and ensure the wall’s integrity. Our video highlights the necessity of a minimum of 12 inches of stone behind the wall, extending 4′ or more depending on conditions, to facilitate effective drainage and safeguard against hydrostatic pressure.

Reinforcement: The Backbone of Stability

Geogrid reinforcement plays a pivotal role in the wall’s stability. This segment of the video showcases the meticulous process of geogrid installation, emphasizing its importance in tying the wall, soil, and drainage stone together into a single, robust structure. This reinforcement is crucial for the wall’s ability to withstand various pressures and maintain its form over time.

Behind the Scenes: The Construction Process

Our video takes you step-by-step through the backfilling process, demonstrating the precision and care required to ensure the wall’s longevity. From tensioning the geogrid to ensure a smooth, flat surface to the strategic placement of backfill, every step is designed to enhance the wall’s strength and durability.

A Commitment to Excellence

At Riverscapes Outdoor Living & Excavation, our dedication to quality doesn’t stop at the construction site. We are committed to continuous education and adhering to the highest industry standards. This commitment ensures that every retaining wall we build is not only a testament to our craftsmanship but also a durable, functional, and beautiful addition to your landscape.


We invite you to explore the unseen yet essential aspects of retaining wall construction that ensure their strength and durability. Our YouTube video, “Retaining Wall Construction: Critical Factors Behind the Scenes,” offers a comprehensive look at the meticulous care and expertise that goes into every wall we build.

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Ready to see the difference that dedication to quality makes? Watch our featured video to gain a deeper understanding of what goes into creating a retaining wall that stands the test of time. And when you’re ready to bring your landscaping vision to life, contact Riverscapes Outdoor Living & Excavation. Let’s build something beautiful together.

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