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Learn The Basics of a Block Retaining Wall

March 06, 2019

The amount of landscape retaining wall products, designs, and terminology can be intimidating when selecting a retaining wall. It helps to be aware of retaining wall costs, terminology, and construction methods when starting a landscape project. Learn the basics about block retaining walls.

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Lakefront Tiered Slope - Project Summary

July 24, 2018

The existing slope of this lakefront property in Chisago City, Minnesota was overgrown and difficult to manage. The homeowner wanted to revamp their sloped backyard into a more usable space to enjoy their lakefront property. To achieve this, sections of the existing stone retaining wall were...

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Built-In Grill and Concrete Patio - Project Summary

June 26, 2018

Project Description:

The goal for this project was to create a social space for a town-home community in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The association contacted us to create a unique space for their residents to be able to gather, grill, and relax. The previous space was a large open picnic area...

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Symptoms of a Failing Retaining Wall (Cracking, Sinking, & Leaning)

May 16, 2018

Visible signs of cracking, sinking, and leaning are the symptoms of a failing retaining wall, but what is the root cause for these unsightly blemishes and potentially dangerous malfunctions? Every wall has a lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced, but chances are that improper...

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Compare the 6 Most Common Types of Retaining Walls

May 03, 2018

Hopefully, you aren’t reading this blog because your retaining wall (or what’s left of it) is sitting on the ground because it collapsed. However, if you’re seeing the symptoms of a failing retaining wall, now might be a good time to start thinking about repairing or replacing it. There are...

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Keys to a Stable Retaining Wall

April 11, 2018

We all know what a failing retaining wall looks like. It seems that everyone and their neighbor has one falling over in the backyard.  It's much harder to find a stable retaining wall that is truly well built.  The difference between a successful wall and failing retaining wall   has everything...

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Product Feature - Versa-Lok Block Retaining Wall

March 28, 2018

Versa-Lok is a retaining wall and landscape paver supplier in Oakdale, Minnesota. Best known for their concrete block retaining wall systems, they’ve been designing and expanding their product line since 1987. In addition to their segmental retaining wall systems, they offer the full line of...

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Starting From Scratch - Residential Landscape Design + Build

August 30, 2017

Project Description:

Homeowner moved into a brand new house and needed a complete landscape design plus installation around the entire property. The first step of the project was to install 24 tons of limestone block retaining walls on the sides of the house. Then an underground irrigation...

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Swapping Out An Old Timber Retaining Wall

August 03, 2017

Project Description:

The homeowner needed a renovation to their sloped backyard.  They wanted the old, worn out timbers to be removed and replaced with block retaining walls, for a fresh, functional, updated space.  The steps were also made of timbers, and were rotting which was a safety...

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