a poured concrete retaining wall
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Wall Materials: Poured Concrete

The strongest and most durable choice, it can be stamped, stained, veneered, or carved to look like mortared stone. Buy concrete dry, in bags from the home center, or wet, delivered by a ready-mix operator's truck. Leave the design, formwork, and pouring to professionals. Like mortared masonry, these walls are supported by a reinforced concrete footing and require weep holes. This is the only wall type that isn't battered (leaned back) against the earth.

Cost: Ready-mix from a truck, $4.30 per square foot uninstalled; C & C Ready-Mix Corporation
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