Large Retaining Wall Landscaping

by Jan
(Monterey, California)



I have a back wall running the entire length of the house 11 feet high. There is 8 feet of space to make lower walls and design a landscape. HELP! All of this is just 13 feet out my back door.
The 11 foot wall is a long, long wall running the entire length of a linear 4,000 sq ft house. I like informal. It is the south side of the house and gets coastal sun and fog.

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retaining wall
by: steve wlodarczyk

Jan,
before you do anything you need to obtain the local building and zoning codes for retaining walls. You should also hire a civil engineer to design the wall. This is a very technical project, especially given the constraints of the project area. consider how to stage materials, construction equipment access etc. THis is probably not a do it yourself project. Good Luck
steve

Retaining Wall Plantings
by: Susan

Hi Jan,
Wow...that's a big wall.
However, you could have a lot of fun with it.

Plant vines to grow up the wall to soften it.
How about a wall fountain?
Lighting fixtures on the wall?

As far as plantings go, I would definitely add some trees for scale. Fill in with plants and perhaps some stepping stones leading to a bench, small fountain or even a small pond! Add lots of perennials for color!

Susan

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