Install a Simple Retaining Wall in Front of a Flowerbed

If windy conditions have caused soil to erode from the flowerbed that is bordering the front of your home and resulted in damage to some of the flowering plants that are growing, replace soil that is missing and install a simple retaining wall by completing the following steps. Once you have completed the project, your property will have a more attractive appearance, and the flowers and soil that are located behind the wall will be protected from additional damage or destruction caused by high winds. 


  • bag of topsoil
  • garden shovel
  • rake
  • measuring tape
  • wooden stakes
  • garden hoe
  • concrete retaining blocks
  • concrete adhesive
  • paintbrush

Add Topsoil and Prepare for the Installation of the Wall

Add shovelfuls of topsoil to any parts of the flowerbed that are missing soil. Level out the soil with a rake so that the soil has an even thickness throughout the flowerbed. Mark the area in front of the flowerbed where you would like to install a retaining wall with wooden stakes. Use a measuring tape to assist with marking an area that is straight.

Purchase enough concrete retaining blocks to fill in the marked section. Use a garden hoe to create an indentation across the front of the flowerbed to place the first row of blocks into. An indented area will secure the bottom and sides of the first row of blocks and will prevent them from shifting. 

Install Rows of Concrete Blocks

Place a concrete retaining block in one corner of the indented section. Use a paintbrush to apply an even coat of concrete adhesive to the side of the block that will be next to another block. Adjoin a second block to the adhesive-covered side of the first block. Continue adding adhesive to blocks that will be connected to others and installing new blocks until the indented section that you created with the garden hoe is filled.

Wait the recommended amount of time that is listed on the adhesive container for the adhesive that was applied to the concrete blocks to dry. If desired, add a second row of blocks. Add adhesive to the sides of the blocks that are being attached to other blocks. Once the adhesive dries, the retaining wall will remain secure and will prevent the soil behind it from spreading into other parts of your property and prevent the flowers from being subjected to high winds, which could cause damage. 

Talk to companies like Quality Lawn & Landscape for more ideas for what to do with your property.