News For This Month: Landscapers
Ways to Build a Retaining Wall
Having a driveway or a yard that is long and sloping can make your property pleasant to look at. Having a sloping part in your yard can make it difficult to build structures in. One good example is if you want to install a swimming pool in your yard. this would be quite difficult if your yard is sloped. You cannot build a see-saw for your children on this type of land formation. If you want to construct an outbuilding, this too could not be constructed properly. And this is why you have to build retaining walls on your lawn.
When you construct a retaining walls, your structure is supported and it protects against the advancement of water or earth. There are many different uses of retaining walls. They can be used for garages, to keep earth from driveways and stairways, keep riverbanks from eroding, separates roads and highways, and protect drivers from roadside embankments.
Building retaining walls can be done in many different ways. The building of your particular retaining wall will depends on the type of retaining wall you want to build. There are basic construction methods for these walls with the most popular being retaining walls made from concrete. Interlocking blocks, wooden walls, and insulated concrete forms are the other more popular types.
You can use any type of materials for building a retaining wall. Although stones and concrete are the most popular materials people today use any kind of material to show off their creativity in building their retaining walls. Old railway ties were used by some to make their retaining wall very interesting indeed.
You need certain tools if you are going to build a retaining wall. You will need a shovel or other digging tools. You need to work hard on this project. You need to do some really tough work including digging to build your wall. Gravel, a level, a soil tamper, string for marking, wooden stakes, safety glasses and gloves, landscaping fabric, wheelbarrow, and a tape measure.
It is important to check the rate of flow where water runs off the most and the drainage. The presence of standing water in your retaining can ruin the wall in the long run and can become the breeding ground of mosquitoes carrying diseases. You should use grave and rocks to keep water from running directly into the walls.
When constructing the wall, you should include a proper drainage system which will prevent certain things that are caused by water seepage including funky green slime on the walls, efflorescence, rust from wall ties and mineral deposits.
A proper built retaining wall will give you house a beautiful landscape.