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DIY Demo Days: Learn how to build your own patio, pond and retaining wall

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Thinking about upgrading your backyard this summer? Attend Do It Yourself Demo Days at Custom Retaining Walls and Landscaping, Inc. Every year, their professional landscapers put on live demonstrations for three different DIY projects: a patio, a retaining wall and a pond.

“We’ll take you step-by-step from a blank slate to a beautiful and functional finished product,” says manager and landscape designer, Lori Reiland. It’s a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know and see exactly how to transform your backyard just in time for summer.

Event Details

Demo Days take place Saturday, May 11 and Saturday, June 1 at Custom Retaining Walls and Landscaping, Inc., located at 2375 Sleeper Lane NE in Rochester, MN 55906. The events are free to attend, and everyone is welcome – no prior knowledge or experience is required. Just show up ready to learn, says Reiland.

The schedule is as follows:

May 11

  • DIY Build a Retaining Wall Demo: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • DIY Build a Water Feature Demo: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • DIY Build a Patio Demo: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

June 1

  • DIY Build a Retaining Wall Demo: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • DIY Build a Patio Demo: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Guests are welcome to attend any demo of their choice, or stay for all three. “A lot of people like to stay and enjoy the day. Even if they’re not working on a particular project right now, it might be something they want to revisit in the future,” adds Reiland. Lunch will also be served at 11:00 on both days.

Throughout the event, you’ll have the chance to ask questions and talk with an experienced team member about how these techniques and materials might apply to your own backyard.

With more than 30 years of experience, the team at Custom Retaining Walls and Landscaping, Inc. is highly knowledgeable and ready to help. This allows attendees to not only see the project unfold live, but to get tips from the pros themselves to make the process that much easier. “If you have a large-scale project or one that requires extensive engineering,” Reiland suggests, “it might be a good idea to have a professional help you figure out the plans and timeline.”

Shop for Supplies and Talk to the Pros

A Customer Appreciation Sale will also be held on the same day. Custom Retaining Walls is the largest landscape center in our area. They have a vast selection of decorative rock and mulch to choose from. They also carry edging, natural stone, landscape fabric, pond supplies, pergolas, trees, shrubs, flowers and more.

Not ready to build a patio, pond or retaining wall? The staff is happy to assist with other projects, too. Reiland says, “We’re open! We always have someone here to help with all types of DIY landscaping projects.” Stop in today!

Attend the 2019 Demo Days

Interested in coming to Do It Yourself Demo Days? No RSVP required. Just come as you are. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, call Custom Retaining Walls and Landscaping, Inc. at

507-281-0669. You can also visit them online to see photos from last year’s Demo Days and to discover everything they have to offer.

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