Retaining Wall Design and Installation near Milwaukee

Our Waterford Hardscape Experts Stabilize Your Landscape with Retaining Walls

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Loomis Landscaping helps you protect your home and landscape from ground collapse and erosion damage with attractive retaining walls engineered for long-term stability and durability. Our Wisconsin hardscape professionals evaluate your property to determine the most effective retaining wall to keep your landscape in place. From our location in Waterford we serve the greater Milwaukee area, including the lakeshore area, Franklin, Muskego, New Berlin, Brookfield and even Lake Geneva to the south.

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We have the expertise to design and install any type of retaining wall, including:

  • Anchored retaining walls: Built in any style, these retaining walls use reinforcements to anchor into rock or earth.
  • Cantilevered retaining walls: Requiring less material, these T-shaped retaining walls are built from concrete, masonry or steel.
  • Gravity retaining walls: Gravity retaining walls can be built from brick, concrete or natural stone. These walls use their weight to hold back the soil behind them.
  • Sheet pile retaining walls: Ideal for small spaces and soft ground, these retaining walls are made from wood, vinyl planks or steel and vertically inserted into the ground.

We’ll assess the layout, soil and drainage of your yard to select the best retaining wall for you. From there, our Waterford hardscape team will work with you to design a beautifully crafted wall in keeping with the style of your home. Contact our Wisconsin hardscaping experts today for a free quote on your new retaining wall.

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At Loomis Landscaping, we see retaining walls as long-term structures designed to protect and enhance the aesthetics of your property. We build every retaining wall with high-quality materials to reinforce the structure and add a stunning focal point to your landscape. As a result, you’ll watch the property value of your home increase.

Our most popular retaining wall materials from Waterford to Waukesha to Milwaukee include:

  • Blocks
  • Natural stone
  • Treated wood timbers

We offer these materials in a variety of colors and styles. Need inspiration? Check out some of the striking retaining walls we’ve completed throughout Southeast Wisconsin.

Retaining Wall Design & Construction 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.

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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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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.

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. Back to top

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. Back to top

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. Back to top


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. Back to top

Choosing the Right Type of Retaining Wall

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.

The Waterford Retaining Wall Contractors Southeast Wisconsin Trusts

Our award-winning, Wisconsin retaining wall experts don’t mess around with poorly-constructed walls that just “get the job done…for now”. We recognize your home is your biggest investment and we’re committed to helping you protect it with expert craftsmanship and creative design at affordable prices.

Contact us online today for a free quote on retaining wall construction or repair.
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