How to Build a Retaining Wall Border

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Last year I fancied up my front porch by building a DIY Corner Bench with a Built-in Table (you can find that project here: and a Firewood Rack. This year I decided the rest of the front of my house needs to be spiced up a bit as well. The paint on my house is dark brown with light brown trim and the grass (okay, yes, they are weeds 🙂 ) grows right up to the front of the house. Don’t judge, there are too many oak trees around here to grow grass and plus, California has been in a years’ long drought! So green weeds are what we get! So, I decided to take on a weekend project to fancy it up a bit!

Here is a brief description of how I built the concrete block border. For full details, please visit my blog at the link at the bottom of this post. I purchased the concrete blocks from Home Depot. First, I laid out one row of blocks to figure out the layout of the bricks.

I then began laying the blocks, digging and leveling as I went.

Once I had the first row of block set and leveled, I began on the second row, offsetting the blocks from the row before.

Then I placed rows three and four.

Next, I laid the weed barrier.

And then added the rock.

The rock was pretty muddy, so once the border area was filled in, I washed everything down with the hose to sparkle it up!

And here is the finished project! Just need to decide on some plants to add to the area behind the border and it will be complete! As a reminder, here is what the house looked like before this project:

And here is what it looks like now:

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  • Patricia Patricia on May 11, 2019

    Isn’t it better to add plants first?

  • Ellen Beener Ellen Beener on Sep 06, 2021

    I live near Tampa Florida. With some of the high winds of the late summer and fall

    we worry about all those pebbles being blown around and become dangerous.

    Is there a way to secure the pebbles or rocks onto the ground a little ?

  • PAULA PAULA on Sep 26, 2021

    Am interested in more details about retaining wall. How did you dig ground to keep pavers even? Could not find link that you mentioned. Thank you.

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  • P P on Sep 12, 2021

    beware - in heavy rains the concrete edgers may act like retaining walls that keep water from moving way from the siding & foundations of your house & cause flooding into your home!

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    • Shuganne Shuganne on Sep 16, 2021

      So you could slope the retaining wall and stones gently away from the house. Or you could lay a small perforated hose near the house under the gravel and let it slope away from the house to the edge of the retaining wall to guide rainwater away from the house. Talk to someone local at your big box home improvement store. They should be familiar with the local rain conditions and what size perforated pipe should meet your needs.