Retaining walls do much valuable work for your landscape. For starters, they help control runoff and keep your all-important soil where it is supposed to be. They also often help prevent flooding by channeling or redirecting water away from the foundation. They can turn nearly unusable slopes into entirely practical level sections of the yard. Finally, they add visual interest of hardscaping and curb appeal to your home. However, they can’t accomplish all of this work that they do when they aren’t well built. Here are five tips to building a strong, durable retaining wall that adds to your landscaping.
The height of the retaining wall will be one of the factors that make it a complex project. If it is over three feet high, you should have professional assistance or complete the project. If you construct the wall in complex soil situations, or if you experience harsh winter, you likewise should look to a professional. Be realistic about the scale of the project that you can truly handle.
When you begin shopping for materials for your retaining wall, you may be shocked at all of the choices. Common retaining wall materials include concrete, pressure-treated timber, stone, brick, or cinder blocks, and interlocking concrete blocks. Each material choice has its benefits and drawbacks. Some, like concrete, really require an experienced pro, while others, like interlocking bricks, are designed for small, DIY projects.
Before you start any project, research your local codes. You may be required to get your plans approved, to have a building permit, and even to have a professional do the work. You will also likely need to have all utilities marked before you even start digging.
Drainage issues could ultimately be the literal downfall of your walls, so make sure you’re accounting for all of the possibilities. You don’t want the water to build up behind the wall, but you also don’t want soil and sediment to block the drainage channels that you include. If you’re unsure about how to install proper drainage around your wall, this is another clue that you need a professional on the project.
Finally, before you build, consider how you will reinforce the wall. The wall should lean in towards the soil behind it and be tied and anchored deep into the earth as well. The types of anchors and their placement depends on the materials and size of the wall. If you don’t include the reinforcing that your wall needs, it won’t last long, and it could be a severe and dangerous liability in the future.
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