Retaining Walls

Retaining walls in St. Louis, MO require a structured design as well as construction which will resist any type of lateral pressure from soil. At TruLove Landscapes, LLC, we offer construction of retaining walls or repairs to current retaining walls. Our employees are well equipped to calculate the total pressure needed as changes in ground elevation take place, thus exceeding the angle of repose of the soil which is already in place.

Retaining walls in St. Louis, MO can be basement walls, but are most often referred to as cantilever retaining walls. The latter is a structure which is freestanding and does not have lateral support at the top. The importance of these walls comes in proper design as well as proper installation. Without both of these, it will not counteract the material which is attempting to move forward and down a slope thanks to gravity. The ground behind the retaining wall which is trying to move creates a lateral earth pressure. This pressure is dependent upon the angle of the internal friction as well as the combined strength of the material which is being retained. It is also dependent upon the direction as well as magnitude of the movement.

The professionals at TruLove Landscapes, LLC are equipped to manage any groundwater which is behind the retaining walls through installation of a proper drainage system. With proper draining, our professionals can reduce and eliminate the hydrostatic pressure which is created by excess water and in turn, improve the stability of the retaining wall and its purpose. Adhering to business codes, our employees create retaining walls out of stone, concrete, or heavy material depending on material which is being retained and its mass and pressure. Many homeowners will have dry-stacked gravity walls, or walls made of geosynthetic facing, precast facing, gabions, crib walls, or soil-nailed walls. Other retaining walls include cantilevered walls which have an internal stem which is made of steel-reinforced, or cast-in-place concrete, or even mortared masonry which is often constructed in the shape of an inverted T. Sheet piling retaining walls are another option, specifically for soft soils or very tight spaces and are made out of wood planks, vinyl, or steel. No matter your landscape, TruLove Landscapes, LLC can determine and install the best retaining walls to meet your needs.