Building a Garden Retaining Wall

Many people don’t have enough yard space to create the type of garden they want. You may even end up with a sloping garden. If that’s your situation, there’s a way to make a flat space to hold a sitting area and add to your back yard.

Building a Garden Retaining Wall

Building a Garden Retaining Wall

The amount of space you have will depend on what you can do, but your first step should be building a retaining wall.

Following are the steps in doing that:

  1. To begin with, you’ll need to have unnecessary dirt removed. This is usually done by a professional earth mover. Once that’s been taken care of, you’ll have a vertical wall of dirt left. This is what you’ll use as a backdrop for your retaining wall.
  2. Next, you’ll want to mark the space that’s parallel to the wall of dirt. Use a string starting at the wall’s base and come out about 10 inches. Attach the string to some pegs that show the wall’s end and pull it tight.
  3. Now, you need to put markers every 3 feet beneath the string. This tells you where to put the posts that will support your wall.
  4. Then, it’s time to place markers at the post holes. This is easily done by using a mechanical post-hole borer. These holes must be quite deep, at least as deep as the height of the wall. This ensures that the wall has plenty of support as well as a few extra inches to put gravel under the posts. Dig the hole approximately 1 1/2 feet around. Add 4 inches of gravel.
  5. Place the posts in the holes. Next, mix the concrete and pour around the posts, filling the holes completely. The posts need to incline toward your wall. Let it set for a couple of days or until the concrete is completely hard.
  6. Once the concrete has set, it’s time to nail planks to your posts near the dirt wall. There’s supposed to be a bit of space between the wall and the planks. Fill these in with scoria gravel up to 1 foot from the top of the wall. Add top soil to finish reaching the top of the wall.

When you do most of the work yourself, you’ll find that the retaining wall cost isn’t so bad and will be worth every cent you spend.

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