Low Budget Retaining Wall Material?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BSDeality, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    I'm building a Unilock patio for my parents around the new pool that was just installed. on the far side of the pool there used to be a deck, so the grade is a little low. Now there will just be a walk around that side of the pool and there is going to be a considerable drop in grade. Max height is about 16-18" while the lowest will be around 6". We're looking at the unilock retaining wall material, but it quickly add's up in cost (which isn't a problem) but they don't want to spend big bucks on that side of the pool where no one will ever see it.

    So, is there a low budget material i can use other than plain old rock and building one with mortar?
  2. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 621

    All Unilock plants have seconds sales twice a year. Ask your sales rep about them. They don't want to sell to installers unless they are for themselves or family/friends. They do not want installers putting seconds as if they were firsts. The Pisa is about 1/2 price. Same wall, just the color is wrong from when they are changing out the colors. People have camped out overnight at the plant in Ohio:dizzy:

    Good Luck.

  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    ah yah, i've heard of that, my uncle actually did that for his patio now that i think of it. I'll give them a call about it tomorrow. thanks for the idea.
  4. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    maybe I am not understanding your post but if the grade is only 18" it seems a load of topsoil could be spread to make the area easy to mow with little effort.
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    topsoil is the last resort option, but we want to have it as flat as possible.
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    also, the pool is 43ft long, plus its kidney shaped so that adds a little more length as well. It'd be quite a few triaxle trucks to fill it in too.

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