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10 Tips on Building a Retaining Wall

10 Tips on Building a Retaining Wall

Retaining walls can be seen in both residential and commercial properties. These are walls meant to hold soil back, creating height and interest to your landscape. It enhances the overall landscaping by adding a hardscape to the scene. Hardscapes are hard materials such as treated wood, concrete, bricks, rocks and stones that are added to a landscape design. It gives texture, depth, and defines a space. Landscape architects realize the importance of hardscapes in their designs and utilize them frequently.

So, let’s get started! Here are some tips in creating a retaining wall for your yard or garden.

  1. Once you have planned out where you want to place your retaining wall, check your city codes to see if a permit is required. This is normally needed on walls over 4 ft. tall. Also double check your lot lines.
  2. Call the electric company and have them mark buried electrical lines before you dig. Safety first!
  3. Soil type: clay and sandy soils tend to be the best types to use inside of the retaining wall. Stay away from organic soils. These tend to buckle under the pressure of the wall.
  4. Make sure that the ground is solid and level before you start your project. Once started, it is difficult to go back and correct an uneven, shifty base. Spending time on preparation and compacting the dirt at the base is well worth the time.
  5. Decide on the type of plants and trees that you will put inside of the retaining wall. Sketch it out so that you know where each one will be planted. Keep in mind growth rates and sizes of each one so that you space them correctly.
  6. Start the first layer of the retaining wall at the lowest level of ground.
  7. As you add each stone or brick, check that it is level before moving on to the next tier.
  8. Consider manufactured stones. These tend to be relatively level and make installation easier than natural stone.
  9. Backfill as you build the wall. Compact the dirt so that there is less shifting later.
  10.  Finish off the top of the retaining wall with a cap. You can apply adhesive or just continue backfilling with soil.

A retaining wall adds value and beauty to your home. This is a project that you can enjoy for years to come! Shell Lumber has the knowledge and materials needed to create your retaining wall. Stop by and tell us your plans. We’ll make sure that you have everything that you need to complete this fun project.

Shell Lumber is located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133, visit us online at www.shelllumber.com or give us a call locally at 305-856-6401 or Toll Free 800-621-6391







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