May 24, 2012
Build a retaining wall to prevent soil erosion and to give your yard a much needed focal point.
What is a retaining wall? Retaining walls are used to hold back soil if there is a sloped area in your yard. You can also build retaining walls to create raised flower or plant beds.
Why do I need to build a retaining wall? Retaining walls are used for many reasons. The major reason is to help prevent soil on a sloped hill from washing away. They can also be used to build up garden areas within your landscape. Or add focal points to your property.
Can I build it by myself? If you are handy and have the time, yes you can build your own retaining wall. If the wall is higher than three or four foot, you should hire a professional to do the work.
What materials do I need? You will need to decide what you would like your wall build out of. There are a variety of materials you can choose from including rocks, railroad ties, concrete, concrete blocks, pavers or bricks. You will also need gravel or crushed stone to create a foundation. Other materials needed are: a shovel, wood stake and string, level, tamper, tape measure, and work gloves. Depending on the type of material you are building the wall with you may need additional materials. Check with your landscaping supply store.
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