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Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls2024-07-21T02:42:26+00:00

Prevent Your Property From Erosion in Style.

Investing in a retaining wall can be a great way to protect your property and create beautiful outdoor spaces. These walls help keep soil and water from eroding away, while adding visual interest to the landscape.

Not only do they help prevent flooding, but they also provide stability to any sloped areas on your property that could otherwise collapse or become unstable over time. Retaining walls are perfect for gardens, yards, driveways, patios and more.

They can also be used to provide support for structures like pools, sheds and other buildings. With a wide range of materials available—including precast concrete blocks, natural stone and timber—you have plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect look for your project.

At Bret-Mar Landscaping, we specialize in building quality retaining walls that will last for years to come. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help strengthen your property with retaining walls!


They provide support to a slope, which helps slow the water flow and reduce erosion of soil. Retaining walls also help divert rainwater away from vulnerable areas of your property, such as your homes foundation or other structures, further reducing erosion and damage to your land.


Use a retaining wall to expand your outdoor living space and create beautiful seating areas, or use a variety of different materials and colors to create stunning visual accents that add depth and character to your garden. Enhance your landscape today with retaining walls.


With decades of industry experience, our builders guarantee accuracy, quality, and safety in the construction of your retaining wall. With expert craftsmanship and attention to detail, you can rest assured that your retaining wall will be able to stand up against the elements for years to come.

Which Retaining Wall is Best?

Retaining walls are essential structures used in landscaping and civil engineering to hold back soil and create level surfaces on sloped terrain. There are various types of retaining walls, each with its unique characteristics and design considerations. Here, we’ll explore four common types: wood, stone/masonry, concrete poured, and concrete blocks.

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Wood Retaining Walls

Wood retaining walls are a popular choice for their natural aesthetic and versatility. They are often constructed using timber, railroad ties, or landscape timbers. Wood retaining walls work well for low to medium height applications and are suitable for creating a rustic or traditional look in a landscape. These walls are typically used in residential settings and are relatively easy to install.

Design Considerations for Wood Retaining Walls:

  • Proper drainage is crucial to prevent wood rot.
  • Use pressure-treated wood for durability.
  • Regular maintenance, including sealing or staining, is necessary to extend the wall’s lifespan.

Stone and Masonry Retaining Walls

Stone or masonry retaining walls add a timeless and elegant appeal to landscapes. They are constructed using natural stone, bricks, or concrete blocks and can withstand higher pressures than wood walls. Stone and masonry retaining walls are versatile and can be used in various settings, from gardens to commercial spaces.

Design Considerations for Stone/Masonry Retaining Walls:

  • Choose appropriate stone or masonry materials for durability and aesthetics.
  • Plan for proper drainage and backfill to prevent wall failure.
  • Skilled craftsmanship is essential for a visually pleasing result.

Concrete Poured Retaining Walls

Concrete poured retaining walls are sturdy and capable of handling substantial loads. They are created by pouring concrete into formwork on-site, allowing for custom designs and structural strength. These walls are commonly used in commercial and industrial applications due to their durability.

Design Considerations for Concrete Poured Retaining Walls:

  • Reinforcement with steel bars (rebar) may be necessary for added strength.
  • Formwork should be carefully constructed to achieve the desired shape and finish.
  • Proper curing is critical to ensure the concrete’s strength and longevity.

Large Concrete Blocks Retaining Walls

Concrete block retaining walls are a cost-effective and versatile choice. They are constructed using precast concrete blocks designed for retaining wall applications. These blocks come in various sizes, textures, and colors, making it easy to create different aesthetics while maintaining structural integrity.

Design Considerations for Concrete Block Retaining Walls:

  • Choose the appropriate block style and size to suit the design.
  • Ensure proper drainage and backfill to prevent wall failure.
  • Professional installation is essential to maintain structural integrity.


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U.S. Pest Control Inc GR
July 8, 2024
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Had the opportunity to work with Ashley at Bret-Mar Landscape. Very knowledgeable and professional. I would recommend this Homer glen company!
Violette Sieczka
Violette Sieczka
June 24, 2024
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Bret-Mar (specifically Ashley) were amazing to work with. They came out a few times to talk through our needs/concerns for privacy landscaping and came up with some really amazing, thoughtful designs that not only looked good but were strategic selections for the location. Day off the crew arrived on time and worked throughout 2 days to install everything - they were very careful with the landscaping/sod already in place and made sure to clean up when done. Bret-Mar even provided detailed watering instructions and made sure I was comfortable with placement and proper care. Highly, highly recommend Bret-Mar.
Sandi Rogina
Sandi Rogina
May 26, 2023
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Bret-Mar did a wonderful job with my landscape installation. Ashley was a pleasure to work with.
Dawn B.
Dawn B.
September 4, 2022
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"I know a guy..." How many times have you asked for a recommendation and gotten this as a response? When it comes to landscaping work for your home, friends and family that you ask will probably be able to offer you the name of either an individual or a service. There are loads of companies in our area that do landscaping but there is a difference between a landscaper and a landscape architect. A call to Bret-Mar is one of the best things you can for your home and for yourself. The entire team is knowledgeable, easily accessible, open to listening to your thoughts and wishes, cautionary to you if something you like will not grow in your location, and excited and engaged to make your wishes come true. I have used Bret-Mar exclusively over the last 25 years. They have never disappointed me. I have had them work in both my front and back yard, designing and planting flowers, shrubs, and trees. They have put in a brick paver walkway outside the front of the house, and worked very hard and creatively to make my dream of having a waterfall and pond in my backyard become a reality. My backyard is my sanctuary and Sharon and Ashley need to take a lot of credit for this. This summer Sharon worked with me on updating some of my plantings and sprucing up the look in front of my home. I cannot say enough about this family and all of the wonderful, hard-working people that on staff at Bret-Mar and help to make homes beautiful!
Victorio Pellicano
Victorio Pellicano
June 8, 2021
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I've never done a landscaping project before. We've been in our house over 5 years and never much cared for the original landscaping and it was time for a complete overhaul. I could not be more happy with the team at Bret Mar - especially Bailey & Ashley - who helped me figure out exactly what I wanted, and then their amazing team who did the job perfectly. And it came in UNDER BUDGET!!
osbaldo martin
osbaldo martin
September 8, 2020
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Good prices
Susan Wisniewski
Susan Wisniewski
August 3, 2020
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Bret-Mar just completed landscaping for our home. This is the second home they have done for us. They have the best, most hard working employees. Sharon did our design which we are very happy with. The employees who came out to do the job were very accommodating, very knowledgeable, and answered my many questions. They even encourage you to contact them with any questions that may come up in the future. I would definitely recommend them!
Megan Waldridge
Megan Waldridge
June 25, 2020
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Bret Mar Landscaping re-designed my entire backyard. I worked with their landscape designer Bailey and together (mostly with her input) we designed a beautiful stone patio with walkways, winding secret pathways of flagstone around the house, a beautiful fire pits, and all with creative and lovely landscaping, giving our yard privacy, peacefulness and beauty. We were also dealing with some serious drainage issues that we originally had expected to pay through the nose to fix, but at every turn Bret Mar has saved us money. The quote for the patio came under the proposal price (by over $2000) as well as our expected drainage price tag being lower. They are able to do all of this because they have experienced people running a professional business. The designer and owners are involved, and on the site making sure the job is being done the right way. At every turn I was being consulted to make sure it was being done to my satisfaction. I have dealt with landscaping companies in the past and have always come away frustrated and disappointed. Thank you Bret Mar for a wonderful experience. I will be calling soon to freshen the front yard.

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