Ideas for Retaining Wall Blocks


Though normally used to prevent soil erosion and to establish a level area on a sloping landscape, retaining wall blocks can be used for many other outdoor projects. They are easy to handle, and you can stack and arrange the blocks in many creative ways to build structures as sturdy as a retaining wall. These affordable building blocks are available in several colors with a choice of attractive, textured faces to add a decorative touch to your landscape project. Save any leftover blocks from a retaining wall project, or purchase a supply from your local home improvement store to use in creative and useful ways around your property.

Retaining Wall

  • Create a retaining wall of almost any height using retaining wall blocks available at many home improvement stores. For more intricately designed walls, you may have to purchase the correct blocks from a more specialized dealer. Because they are lightweight and easy to work with, many homeowners can safely create a retaining wall to gain more useful land or to simply hold soil in place without the need of professional assistance. With proper planning and careful execution, your wall will be strong and long lasting.

Flowerbeds and Planters

  • Stack wall blocks several layers high to contain soil for a flowerbed or garden. Making the wall seat height allows you to comfortably sit along the edge of the planting bed while attending to garden chores. Choose smaller options to create an individual accent to a special landscape specimen. By surrounding a tree with wall blocks, you can create a planting bed for shady plants while providing a protective barrier when mowing an adjacent lawn.

Fire Pit

  • Create a backyard fire pit by stacking several layers of retaining wall blocks in a circular formation. Choose blocks specifically shaped to accomplish this design while leaving no gaps between them for escaping embers. To prevent the blocks from shifting, secure them permanently to each other by applying a layer of masonry adhesive between each layer to glue them in place. Stack the blocks to seat height for sitting as you warm yourself or tend to the fire.


  • Stack wall blocks to create a large pillar on either side of your driveway, walkway or garden path entrance to serve as creative markers. Mount light fixtures on top and wire them to illuminate the entrance, or install large planters on top and allow them to overflow with plants for a dramatic accent. Create a single pillar near the edge of your property as an attractive base for mounting your mailbox, or use it to affix your house number or family name.

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