Ways to Build a Retaining Wall
If your driveway or yard is long and sloping it could be a sight to look at. Having a sloping part in your yard can make it difficult to build structures in. Building a swimming pool on your sloping yard would be difficult to do. See-saws will not work properly on this kind of land formation. You will have a poorly constructed outbuilding on a sloping yard. 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. Some of its uses include keeping earth away from driveways and stairways, separate roads and highways, keep riverbanks from eroding, and protects drivers from roadside embankments.
You can build retaining walls in many different ways. For your particular projects, you need to construct the type of retaining wall that you want to build. Concrete is the most popular type of retaining wall but you can make these walls according to basic construction methods. Some other types of retaining walls that are popular are interlocking blocks, wooden walls, and insulated concrete forms.
Retaining walls can be built with any kind of material. 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. Some people have made interesting looking walls by making use of old railway ties.
You need certain tools if you are going to build a retaining wall. You will need a shovel or other digging tools. This job requires a lot of labor. You can only succeed in building your wall if you do some very tough work like digging. Gravel, a level, a soil tamper, string for marking, wooden stakes, safety glasses and gloves, landscaping fabric, wheelbarrow, and a tape measure.
There are some important things that you should take into account when building your retaining walls and these are the rate of flow where the water runs off the most and 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. Gravel and rocks can be used 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.
If your retaining wall is properly built, then you can have a great looking landscape.