Check with your local building department to see what restrictions they place on retaining walls. Generally, permits are required where there is a surcharge (or load) on the wall or on walls higher than 3 feet. We have a standard design available for Verdura® 30 walls up to 8 feet total height. Walls can be engineered up to 50 feet high for a single wall with site specific engineering.
No. Verdura® blocks have a bottom in them and the soil in the block cells and between the blocks is tamped or compacted to prevent cell washout. Further, the raised lip keeps the soil from going past its natural sloping angle and sluffing out.
Yes. Verdura® blocks can be colored with conventional concrete stains. Check with your local masonry supplier.
Most city building codes have standards for retaining walls and may limit terracing, so always find out what the recommendations are before you build. That said, the common rule is that if the upper wall is set back greater than two times the height of the lower wall, the walls can be considered independent.
Concrete should last hundreds of years.
Yes, you can place blocks without spaces in between but then they are not plantable. It does not affect the strength of the wall. For tight curves, the Verdura® 10 is manufactured with the rails set at an angle that can make a 3′ radius.
For walls up to 3′ high, the minimum radius is 3′. For higher walls, the rule of thumb is “as tight of a radius as the wall is high.”
At this time, Verdura® blocks are manufactured in Riverside County, California.
Yes, the steepest grade we can follow is 12%.
Consider the local growing conditions and consult your local nursery specialists. Use perennial vining plants or ground cover to minimize maintenance. Some plants that we recommend: Rosemary, Rosea Mini-Ice Plant, Vinca Minor, Hans Ivy, Myoporum (ground cover), Isotoma, and Ivy Geranium. Click for a list of suggested California Native Plants.
Just like you would irrigate a slope, lay surface irrigation placed along the top and/or toe of the wall. Don’t bury water lines behind the wall. Depending on watering requirements of the plants and the height of the wall, sprinkler, drip or mist heads can be used. Check with a landscape irrigation specialist. View our Irrigation details »
Typically, low walls below 3 feet don’t require a drain. Since the wall face is open and free draining, there is no need for gravel behind the block or a drain. In higher walls, drains are typically placed behind the reinforcement or cut for the wall.