Add cap blocks to the top row of a block or stone retaining wall. You can add a layer of masonry adhesive to hold them in place, then back fill. Or you can backfill as you go, then add the cap. Either way, it provides a nice finished look, much like edging added to a paver patio.

10 Things You Must Know About Retaining Walls

Add cap blocks to the top row of a block or stone retaining wall. You can add a layer of masonry adhesive to hold them in place, then back fill. Or you can backfill as you go, then add the cap. Either way, it provides a nice finished look, much like edging added to a paver patio.

Instructions - How to build a retaining wall with landscape blocks - from Home Depot Garden Club

Build a Retaining Wall with Landscape Blocks

example of shape of steps (wider at bottom, thinner at top, to enable curved wall - we'd like our steps to be wider than these). Different material (white plain). Steps to be same material as paving.

example of shape of steps (wider at bottom, thinner at top, to enable curved wall - we'd like our steps to be wider than these). Different material (white plain). Steps to be same material as paving.

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?

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

backyard kids play area ideas | The steep gradient of this Double Bay garden rendered it inaccessible ...

backyard kids play area ideas | The steep gradient of this Double Bay garden rendered it inaccessible ...

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