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Loomis Landscaping has years of experience in the landscaping business. With many landscaping companies in Milwaukee to choose from, you may find yourself asking, “How do I choose a landscaper for my next project?”

Our Capabilities

At Loomis Landscaping, we believe if it can be dreamt up, it can be built. Of our many capabilities, the most popular include:

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Milwaukee Area’s Leaders in Customer Satisfaction

Why Choose Loomis Landscaping?

Making the choice to have Loomis Landscaping take on your next project is simple. Our years of experience are only one of the many benefits of choosing our company. Our team, including designers, contractors, office staff, and everyone else we employ are the best at what they do.

Our top-notch, personalized customer service is something you won’t find anywhere else. We don’t just consider our office team part of our customer service, but all of our employees are accessible to you – to explain things you might not understand or to make a change mid-construction. Our goal is to make you happy. When you’re happy and satisfied, we know we’ve done our job right.

Our Wisconsin landscaping company has spent our existence building a reputation of being Southeastern Wisconsin’s go-to landscaping service for all Milwaukee hardscaping jobs – from simple paver-walkways to complex multi-level paver patios with retaining walls.Milwaukee Hardscape Patios Courtyards

Why Hardscape?

Not only do stone details offer a unique, sophisticated look to any home, it adds to your home’s value, and provides a durable solution – staying beautiful for years and years. Due to the durability of hardscaping materials, you may never have to replace a stone, ever. 

There are many capabilities of hardscaping which make it such a desirable skill for a landscaper to possess. From a simple paver patio and multi-level retaining walls to a multi-level paver patio with multi-level retaining walls and an outdoor fireplace, the possibilities are endless. Did you know paver streets constructed during the time of ancient Rome are still intact and usable? That’s almost 3,000 years of pavers standing up to the elements and the shifting ground. That’s durability.

Loomis Landscaping uses state-of-the-art design software, a staff with a diligent and courteous work ethic, and exceptional customer service keeping you informed and easing your mind every step of the way.

Retaining Walls in Wisconsin

Our most sought-after service is hardscaped retaining walls. Loomis Landscaping is an award-winning retaining wall designer and builder. We’ve built many quality retaining walls giving us a reputation of one of the leaders in retaining wall design and build. We know exactly how to manipulate and hold back the earth to create beautiful, safe, and long-lasting retaining walls.

Stick With the Experts When Designing and Building a Retaining Wall

We’ve noticed a large number of landscape designers, architects, and do-it-yourselfers don’t know how to design and construct a safe and proper retaining wall. They must be strong enough to endure the weight of the earth pushing against it.

One must realize a retaining wall is more than just bricks and pavers stacked on top of each other. In reality, a retaining wall is a thoroughly planned out design taking gravity, earth pressure, and water drainage into account. The ground is constantly shifting, and this is something most people don’t realize before designing and building their retaining wall.

It’s important to realize a retaining wall is essentially keeping a wedge of the earth from collapsing.

Retaining walls – while a beautiful addition to your home – are also a safety measure, similar to a home’s foundation. It keeps the earth in place to create an open space for stairs, patios, walkways, gardens, and more.

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We see it too often: poorly built retaining walls on the brink of collapse with the earth protruding through the beautiful stone blocks. It’s only a matter of time before these structures collapse – and hopefully, when they do, no one gets hurt.

When thinking about building a retaining wall, look for a NCMA certified landscaper like Loomis Landscaping to safely build your beautiful hardscape feature.

Types of Retaining Walls


Gravity retaining walls depend on their overall mass (or weight) to counter the pressure from the soil behind it. They can be constructed with all three main styles of block, which are: concrete, brick, or natural stone.

Built with a batter or setback (a recession in material going upwards), gravity retaining walls rely on gravity for their strength. Retaining wall batters can either face the fill (called a “negative batter”) or face the open area (called a “positive batter”). Typical batter angles are 3° to 15° from the vertical sloping toward the infill soil.Garden Retaining Walls Wisconsin

Cantilevered & Cantilevered with Counterfort Reinforcement

Cantilevered retaining walls are usually built in an inverted “T” shape with an internalstem material of steel, concrete, or masonry. The purpose of a cantilevered wall is to take the horizontal earth pressures from the infill soil and convert them to vertical pressures on the footing below the ground. One important thing about the footing is it has to be placed below the frost depth; however, cantilevered walls use a lot less material than gravity walls. Sometimes, to reinforce the strength of the wall, counterforts or buttresses are built in. They are short, smaller walls built in three sections to act as a reinforcing brace. The three sections are: two beams placed together at a 90° angle. The unattached ends of the beams are connected by another beam at 45°. The counterfort (buttress) is placed on the rear of the retaining wall to increase its strength.

Sheet Pile

Used mainly in soft soils and tight spaces, sheet pile retaining walls are usually made from steel, wood, or vinyl planks pounded into the ground vertically. A good rule of thumb on sheet pile walls: 1/3 of the material should be above ground and 2/3 of the material should be below ground.

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An anchored retaining wall can be designed in any of the aforementioned styles. The only difference is the anchored retaining wall uses cables or other reinforcing stays anchored into the rock or soil behind it. The cables are driven into the soil or rock with a collapsed anchor attached. When the cable is completely inserted, the anchor is expanded (by a mechanism or inserting pressurized concrete). Anchored retaining walls are perfect for applications where a strong resisting load is expected or where a slender wall is needed and would be too weak by itself.

Making the Choice

At Loomis Landscaping, we’ll take the guesswork out of picking what type of retaining wall is perfect for you. Most times, gravity walls are the right choice. They offer simple, strong beauty sure to last. In the slim chance a different type of retaining wall is needed, we’ll let you know, and give you our honest opinion on how we’d approach the situation.

We’ve spent the entire time of our existence as a company building a reputation of being Southeastern Wisconsin’s go-to landscaping service for all hardscaping jobs – from simple paver-walkways to complex multi-level paver-patios with retaining walls.

Contact Milwaukee’s hardscaping specialists to schedule a free consultation.
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