Instead of using stone or timbers, make an attractive, long-lasting retaining wall from pressure-treated 2x4s, plywood and trim boards. Construction is fast and simple, and the materials are much lighter to work with.
When it came time to design a wall for my own yard, I went looking for something with a little more texture and style but with the same mass and power as a standard style wall. I found it, and all it took was standing those 6-by-6s on their head. See how I build my retaining wall.
A retaining wall is the ideal way to control erosion or level a sloping yard. Composite timbers made from recycled materials are a wonderful material choice because they do not decompose.
How to make a set of wide retaining steps. These retaining wall steps are made up of a series of 4 x4 inch posts laid horizontally on firmly shaped ground. The steps are easy to make and give a nice solid effect which becomes any garden.
Here is one way to tame a slope, with a retaining wall.
How to build a retaining wall from lightweight treated lumber.
A pleasing decorative feature that is an asset to any yard, it is also a serious retaining wall that will stop an existing hill from sliding, or provide strong support for new landscaping.
How to make a seat height garden retaining wall.