Make Your Yard More Appealing: Tips For Installing A Retaining Wall

8 April 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you have an area of your yard that is unused and looks out of place, you can add a retaining wall to make this area more appealing. Below are some tips on installing this structure.

Material

The first thing you need to do is to determine the material you want to use to make your retaining wall. There are many types you can choose from including:

  • Full-sized blocks: Full-sized blocks are heavy-duty and large
  • Three-way split block:  On the face of this block the corners are split, which gives it a very textured surface.
  • Flat face block: It is even-textured with the look of chiseled stone with blocks in a variety of sizes
  • Weathered block: Looks like the flat face blocks but has rounded edges making it look weathered

Contact a landscaper in your area who can show you these different types of materials to help you choose what one is best for you.

Size

There are many things to take into consideration when determining how tall you want your retaining wall. A wall that is only a few feet is much easier to install, and you can likely do it yourself. If you want a taller retaining wall, you will need to hire an engineer to make sure the wall is installed properly. You also need to know what the local codes are for your area, as they can tell you the height requirements for your area. The engineer should know this information also. The engineer can also help you get a building permit that you will need for a tall wall.

Soil

You should know the type of soil you have, as it can make a big difference in how secure the wall is. For example, if you have clay soil, it will put a lot of pressure on the wall when it is wet. This is because it becomes sticky when it is full of moisture. It is easy to take care of this problem, however. Install a French drain system, which will divert water away from the wall.  A trench is dug and filled with gravel. The water runs through the gravel into a perforated pipe that is located at the bottom of the trench. Water then travels through the pipe that is directed to a safe distance from your house. This could be a drainage ditch, low lying areas of your yard, or the street. If you have sandy soil, it does not stick together and hold water so you would not need a drain.

Once you have your retaining wall, you can decorate it using flowers. Plant flowers at the base of the wall. You could also attach a decorative trellis to the wall using masonry screws. Plant climbing vines, such as climbing roses or ivy, at the base. The plants will climb up the trellis and give a beautiful display.

 


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