Retaining wall in the garden - you must pay attention

If there are slopes or slopes in the garden, they must be sufficiently intercepted with a retaining wall. What you should always pay attention to when planning a retaining wall, and what options you have for the construction of a retaining wall, read in this article

Necessity of retaining walls

Slopes and embankments on the property must always be sufficiently intercepted. Without a retaining wall, slopes and slopes could move in time.

Possibilities for retaining walls

Retaining walls can be built in many different ways:

  • a classic drywall as a retaining wall
  • Retaining walls made of Schalsteinen
  • Retaining walls made of gabion elements
  • Retaining walls made of concrete
  • a wall of plant rings
  • a hillside fortification with L-stones

The design variants for retaining walls are therefore correspondingly diverse. You should not only pay attention to the optics - individual designs may also be more advantageous than others in terms of cost or effort.


Dry stone walls are easy to build, with a little skill you can do that yourself. However, the load-bearing capacity of dry stone walls is not quite as great as in mortar construction. In case of doubt, one must refrain from this, if slopes and slopes are particularly long or particularly steep.

Retaining walls made of Schalsteinen

This makes it easy to build a retaining wall. Schalsteine ​​are also quite inexpensive and can be made by filling and planting also reasonably appealing. However, the look does not always fit into any garden design.

Gabions as slope attachment

Gabion elements can also be used well as slope fixings. They are very stable, easy to build and very durable. Depending on the desired appearance, the filling of the gabion baskets can be varied accordingly.

Concrete for the retaining wall

It is time-consuming to concretise a retaining wall, which requires a high level of expertise and usually also the use of several people. For a high load capacity, however, a concrete wall is optimally suitable, even if it does not look very nice.

Retaining wall with plant rings

Plant rings are a possibility that has the same advantages and disadvantages as a wall design with Schalsteinen.


L stones are also suitable for very heavy slope loads. They are not only used in road construction but also in the private sector. Optically not outstanding, but highly functional. Fortifications with L-stones can be expensive at higher wall heights, and are sometimes difficult to set due to the high weight (especially at planned higher walls)

Tips & Tricks

For planning, it is best to consult a GaLa farmer. So you are on the safe side with your attachment. Also pay attention to the proper installation of a drainage system.