Johnson's Landscaping logo
Rated 4.6/5.0 on 130+ Google Reviews
Multiflex logo

Call us Today

The Importance of Proper Retaining Wall Construction | Gaithersburg, MD

Sep 12, 2014 | Patios, Pavement

The purpose of a retaining wall is to hold back soil that would otherwise slide downwards due to gravity. The retaining wall is the best and most efficient solution to manage sloping property when a level surface is desired or warranted, as it helps create more usable space. Incorporated into the overall landscape design, a retaining wall can be an interesting architectural feature.

Retaining walls are constructed of durable materials that uphold structural integrity when properly designed and constructed. The walls have to withstand lateral soil pressure, the effects of gravity and a change in grade that exceeds the angle of repose of the soil. There are a variety of materials used on retaining wall construction including stone, concrete, timber, brick and interlocking blocks and pavers.

If retaining wall construction is not in compliance with proper design and construction standards and methods, the wall will not perform the intended job and the wall will fail causing it to tilt, crack or crumble under the weight of the soil. If this happens, the failing wall could cause damage to property and any persons in the area at the time of failure.

In addition to the fundamental need for a retaining wall, there are additional features that can be incorporated into the design. Adding seats along the wall will provide the property owner and visitors a place to sit and relax or adding planters and lighting will add elegance to the retaining wall that will only enhance the property and the visual effects of the wall.

When considering retaining wall construction it is always essential to hire an expert in such design and construction. It is important to keep in mind retaining wall design and construction is more than a simple fence. It is also important to be aware of municipal building codes to make sure the design and construction are in compliance and meet all structural, environmental and construction standards and demands.

To help with any questions and concerns you may have about retaining wall construction, please contact us. Thank you.

Claim a Free Consultation

About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

20% OFF September SALE!
20% OFF All Landscaping Projects that Start in September 2023

Offer is valid for all new planting and new construction projects over $2,500 that start by 9/30/23.
Cannot be combined with other offers.


50% Off Your First Month of Landscape Maintenance

50% OFF your first month landscape maintenance 


Offer is only valid on new landscape maintenance contracts that run through December 31, 2023.
Cannot be combined with other offers.


Save 100% with your FREE Landscape Consultation!

We answer phones Monday-Friday 8-5. If you have questions, please call (301) 656-6414.

Get in Touch


Social Media

Mailing Address

PO Box 459 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832

Johnson's Landscaping logo

Our Locations

7201 Brookville Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815


5011 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832