In Michigan, because of our extreme climate changes and soils, water gets trapped, freezes – and creates a frost heave – causing retaining walls to shift or move. Frost heave occurs when ice forms deep within the soil. The problem is that you often won’t know it’s occurring until it’s too late.

Over time, the ice contained beneath its surface will cause the soil to lift. This heaving can not only damage your yard and the plants it contains, it can also crack nearby pavement, form potholes in your driveway and, perhaps most devastating of all, it can damage your home’s foundation.

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Wall Sink and Movement

Engineered Retaining Wall

Once the frost heave goes away, the wall then tends to sink. Obviously, if the dimensions of these walls are altered too severely,   they will no longer be able to do their job effectively. Of course, retaining walls are meant to serve a very important function: to keep your soil and the plants it contains where it belongs.

Without retaining walls many landscaping projects would essentially be impossible to complete. By holding soil back retaining walls allow one to create landscaping projects involving different elevations. Without these walls, yards may be much harder to control.

Keeping Your Walls In Place

To prevent the destruction of your retaining walls, it is best to utilize an engineered system of special products and dimensions to reduce the likelihood of frost heave.

These products and areas are determining factors in what type of solution is viable. Fortunately, Twin Oaks Landscape has these products at their disposal. Call us today and we’ll create a specialized solution for your specific problem based on the precise realities of your application.

Here are a few of our successful samples:

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Problem Pavers

If your pavers seem to have something growing between them or they seem to dip and bulge, your patio paver could be working against you! It can lead not only to a safety hazard and an unsightly patio, it is also not properly draining the water away from your property.

Paver patios can be easily repaired and the experts at Twin Oaks can help you repair and or replace your pavers.  We first identify the underlying issue.

  • Was it properly installed?
  • Why did the pavers fail?
  • How big is the actual problem?
  • Did your ground shift?
  • Was it caused by root growth?

Here are a few of our successful Paver repairs:




Twin Oaks Landscape can help with a custom solution to meet your every need. Simply contact us to begin the process today.