Cinder Block Retaining Wall-leave it plain, so the kids can make murals with sidewalk chalk on it :D Fun, right?!

Cinder Block Retaining Wall-leave it plain, so the kids can make murals with sidewalk chalk on it :D Fun, right?!

Sloping garden like ours.  Idea for rendering walls, also lighting along stairs and planting.  As fencing?

Sloping garden like ours. Idea for rendering walls, also lighting along stairs and planting. As fencing?

Building a cinder block retaining wall.  I'd use this as a guideline for building an outdoor bar base.

Building a cinder block retaining wall. I'd use this as a guideline for building an outdoor bar base.

Steps: simple, inexpensive, durable, non-toxic, and easy to assemble retaining wall constructed using hollow concrete blocks. Because the blocks have been laid on their side, sloped backwards toward the hillside, you can plant vegetation in the their hollows exposed to the front. As vegetation is established, this will become a living wall.

Steps: simple, inexpensive, durable, non-toxic, and easy to assemble retaining wall constructed using hollow concrete blocks. Because the blocks have been laid on their side, sloped backwards toward the hillside, you can plant vegetation in the their hollows exposed to the front. As vegetation is established, this will become a living wall.

a concrete block retaining wall is the perfect solution to control erosion, to eliminate a hard-to-mow slope, to add a planting bed, or to level an ideal patio area. these systems are easy to install, durable, reasonably priced and available in a variety of colors and textures. this article shows you how to install one in a weekend.

How to Build a Concrete Block Retaining Wall

a concrete block retaining wall is the perfect solution to control erosion, to eliminate a hard-to-mow slope, to add a planting bed, or to level an ideal patio area. these systems are easy to install, durable, reasonably priced and available in a variety of colors and textures. this article shows you how to install one in a weekend.

A curving retaining wall of tumbled concrete blocks snakes across a terraced St. Augustine lawn in Spring. Photo: BRUCE BENNETT, FOR THE CHRONICLE / HC

Spring: How can I save my dying St. Augustine?

A curving retaining wall of tumbled concrete blocks snakes across a terraced St. Augustine lawn in Spring. Photo: BRUCE BENNETT, FOR THE CHRONICLE / HC

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