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Need a new retaining wall? Does your existing retaining wall need repair? Contact us or call us at 772-4722 for a free estimate. We also do masonry repair on porch stoops, brick or paver walks and driveways.

Retaining Walls

Ground Up can install retaining walls of dry rock or dry block. (“Dry” means that the wall is constructed with little or no cement or mortar, “rock” refers to natural stone, and “block” refers to man-made concrete blocks made to look like stone.) Because there is little or no cementing agent used, these retaining walls are porous and will allow water to pass between the joints in the stone or block. Gravel back fill can be used behind the retaining wall to further facilitate drainage as well.


In addition to addressing drainage/erosion issues, retaining walls can help:

  • Reduce safety issues associated with walking, mowing or other yard maintenance on steep slopes (see ADVANTAGES OF RETAINING WALLS listed below),
  • Create more usable space and
  • Add structure and beauty to your yard.

You can also choose to add trailing plants above the wall or in planting pockets created in the crevices for a simple, easy way to add more color and texture to your landscape.

To see the many styles, colors and designs available for retaining wall projects, visit any of the industry links below:

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There’s more to a retaining wall than meets the eye. Basically, the part of a retaining wall that you can see is just one part of a retaining wall. Retaining walls may also incorporate:

  • A gravel or concrete footer
  • Back fill for drainage behind the wall
  • Trenching (lined with landscape fabric and filled with gravel) for drainage above the wall
  • Weep holes for drainage at the base of the wall
  • Deadmen for added structural support

Whether these components are included in the construction of a retaining wall depends on:

  • The size of the wall
  • The construction method (dry stack or mortared)
  • Existing site drainage/erosion conditions
  • How much soil the wall is to retain

In addition to the design aspects of a retaining wall, there is the back-breaking chore of physically building the wall. Though individual stones or blocks may not seem very heavy, if you multiply that task by hundreds or thousands, you may find it difficult to complete a DIY wall in a timely fashion – or at all – if you injure yourself.

You will want an experienced landscaper who can design a wall that optimizes your landscape needs and budget AND can professionally install it using quality materials.

Need a FREE ESTIMATE on a retaining wall installation? Does your existing retaining wall need repair? Contact us or call us at 772-4722.

Some of the potential problems associated with steep slopes are listed below. As you can see, the advantages of retaining walls not only include more space for the outdoor activities you enjoy, but also making lawn and garden maintenance safer and navigation around your landscape easier for you, your family and your guests.

If you are experiencing any of the potential problems listed below
and would like to discuss methods for resolving them,
call or click here to contact Ground Up
for a free consultation and estimate.

  • Eroded areas where little or nothing grows
  • You can grow the turf or ornamental plants you want
  • Difficult, unsafe mowing areas with slopes greater than 15 degrees (or 27 percent slope) for riding lawn mowers
  • Easier, safer mowing with more level lawn areas
  • Unusable areas for outdoor recreation or gardening
  • More space for outdoor activities: lawn games, sports, gardening, relaxing...
  • Difficult, unsafe pathways to navigate (falling or slipping hazards)
  • Safer, easier access to other parts of the yard with steps and retaining walls
  • Difficulty maintaining planting beds (pruning, mulching, weeding, etc.)
  • Easier maintenance of planting beds due to more gradual slopes
  • Mulch or small stone washing away with rainfall
  • Less cost and labor replacing mulch or small stone
  • Fertilizer and irrigation water are not utilized in the areas where they are applied but flow downhill
  • More even application of fertilizer and irrigation water to plantings or turf

We Provide Services to the Following Cities, Towns and surrounding areas in VA:
  • Blue Ridge, VA
  • Boones Mill, VA
  • Botetourt County, VA
  • Cave Spring, VA
  • Cloverdale, VA
  • Daleville, VA
  • Fincastle, VA
  • Franklin County, VA
  • Garden City, VA
  • Hardy, VA
  • Hollins, VA
  • Moneta, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Rocky Mount, VA
  • Salem, VA
  • Smith Mountain Lake, VA
  • Troutville, VA
  • Vinton, VA