Whether for flat or sprawling gardens and backyards, retaining walls not only add aesthetic dimension, but also an opportunity for more function as well. Instead of leaving your green area bare, empty and useless, retaining walls allow you to designate spaces, thereby giving each one a purpose. For instance, retaining walls could give you a more organized garden space, seating areas, level play areas for the kids, or more general space for entertainment.

When it comes to building a retaining wall, there is a wide array of materials and techniques you can choose from. Without the best Melbourne excavation company to help you do the job, it can be pretty overwhelming. That is why getting advice from earthmoving and excavations Melbourne professionals would be the best first step you can take. Once you’ve decided you’re up for the task, consider these 10 stylish retaining walls that can soon be enhancing your garden.

Poured concrete

If you’re going for a modern and sleek look, this is the way to go. Its clean lines and smooth finish give your garden a more polished feel. Poured concrete retaining walls can be tricky to create, however. It involves creating wooden moulds wherein the concrete will be poured. It is very important to get reliable Melbourne earthworks professionals to assure that the finish is top quality.

Stacked concrete

Stacked concrete usually involve flat-faced blocks with an even texture. They have a very classical look to them, which means they can go with whatever mood you want to create in your garden or backyard. One thing to note is the size of the block you will be using. Since it comes in various sizes, it’s important to get the appropriate size for the height of wall you are building; the smaller the wall, the smaller the blocks should be.

Three-way-split block

This is essentially a modular design for your retaining wall. With this design, the corners of the block jut out, creating a 3-dimensional texture on the wall. The blocks themselves are designed so that the corners have a uniform texture as well, which makes them decorative. This style is best for tight spaces, where circular retaining walls or tricky corners are necessary.


A mosaic design typically makes use of weathered or tumbled blocks, or ashlars. With this design, different sized blocks are used to create visual play with the pattern of the wall. It works best by arranging thinner and thicker slabs of the same block interchangeably. For best results, lay out the blocks before installing them to see how well they look as a whole.

Aggregate concrete blocks

Aggregate concrete blocks also create a modern and clean look to your retaining walls, but provide more texture than poured concrete. Aggregate concrete blocks are those with a mix of pebbles, and other crushed stone. By picking a more organic color on the blocks and by putting some thought into the mortar, aggregate concrete blocks can look like stylish and sleek retaining walls.

Segmental concrete blocks

Segmental retaining walls are made up of modular concrete blocks stacked on top of each other. They are large and very heavy. More than their sleek look, they are also ideal for stopping soil and holding a slope vertical. They are able to withstand a lot of weight, while their construction give segmental retaining walls a lot of versatility it terms of height and curves – without losing their stability.

Wood-looking concrete

If you like the texture of wood but like the durability of concrete, this may be the best compromise for you. These concrete slabs take on the texture of wood thanks to a moulding process. It creates a unique blend of industrial and organic, and is definitely a point of interest for any garden.

Railway sleepers

These are perhaps the most popular material for retaining walls because they are affordable, attractive, and can withstand a large amount of weight pushing onto it. To make your retaining wall durable if it’s made from this material, it is best to anchor each level together using a “deadman”. This way, your walls will stay upright despite the push of the soil they contain.

Hardwood planks

There is nothing more natural in a garden than wood, especially if they have exquisite grains and textures, which can add visual impact to your garden. Moreover, hardwoods are very durable and can stand the test of time with proper treating and preparation. They can be laid out vertically or horizontally, with varying thicknesses or types. They are very versatile and allow for some flexibility design-wise.

Round logs

Round logs placed vertically as retaining walls give off a distinct rustic and quaint vibe to a garden. They also add further dimension than hardwood planks because they are those woods in actual form. By giving them varying heights, you can add more visual impact. They are also very durable when properly treated, and are relatively easy to install.

With the help of Melbourne earthworks professionals, a stylish but durable and stable retaining wall could be up in your backyard too! King Con is the only option if you want reliable and affordable services for everything from landscaping to earthmoving to excavations.