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Things to consider when constructing a rock retaining wall.

Each building site has terrain that lends itself to individualized design. Natural slopes, with changes of grade or planned changes in the overall grade may lead to more interesting and pleasing landscapes.

Straight lines or lines lending themselves to square, rectangular, or circular areas tend to develop into a formal landscape. Curved, sweeping lines are less formal and more relaxed. Home landscaping often attempts to develop an informal appearance.

A rock wall can increase the beauty of the site as well as add to the area's utility. Uneven terrain can add visual interest and variety in the landscape if handled properly. Changes in grade may be used to delineate utility, recreational and gardening areas, as well as to provide proper surface drainage. Color and shape of rock used should be carefully incorporated to unify a design with the overall landscape.