Recent Review: Family built original 2 tiered (100 ft ea) retaining wall placed on pea gravel base 5 yrs ago. Lower tier had become unstable, was leaning outward by about 10 degrees and now showing areas with spaces developing between blocks at various areas. Problem, in addition to use of pea gravel base sliding, probably produced by inadequate drainage and too large area produced too much hydrostatic pressure on wall face. Ben and Rick took down over 600 blocks, pruned as needed, and carefully removed 5 very large perennial shrubs and about 20 other perennials (hostas, coneflowers, rudbekia, etc) to an adjacent wooded area. They moved an 8 foot tall viburnum to a more optimal site, not to mention a Joe Pye weed and a huge clump of ornamental grass which have huge root systems. Everything was dug with large root balls and divided as needed. He constructed a new wider base on crushed limestone, very cleverly joined new 100 ft drainage tile at inside foot of wall into existing drain pipe from house gutters which extends far into yard, installed geo-grid fabric under topsoil, as well as landscape fabric between dirt and peastone. He repaired and re seeded where the bobcat had damaged lawn. He transported the old pea gravel from the original construction and spread it to supplement a rough access "path" creating a very solid entry for future truck delivery (yes, peastone is good for something!) Plants were replaced at my direction and as of this date 2 weeks later all seem to be thriving. The drainage tile, limestone base, geo-grid and reduced planting area are new to this project and I am confident Ben got it right this time. I would suggest a "Ben consult" to anyone before starting any "family built" project. Just doing your own research sometimes is inadequate and I feel very lucky that I was able to hire Ben to correct our mistakes. Ben and his brother, Rick, are a fantastic team, constantly in motion. Although I paid by the job, I would be pleased to hire Prestige Landscape by the hour, knowing I would get full value. I could not be happier with the result.