Beautify Your Landscape with Retaining Walls
If your driveway or yard is long and sloping it could be a sight to look at. However, if you don’t have the right protection, you can also be experiencing problems if you want to do something with your yard. 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. See-saws will not work properly on this kind of land formation. You will have a poorly constructed outbuilding on a sloping yard. Retaining walls can help beautify your property and level it up at the same time.
A retaining wall is a wall that supports a structure and protects it against the advancement of water or earth. These walls have many different uses. 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.
You can build retaining walls in many different ways. The building of your particular retaining wall will depends on the type of retaining wall you want to build. These walls can be constructed using basic construction methods and the most popular is the use of concrete. There are other more popular types including 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. People eve use old railway ties to make interesting looking walls.
You need certain tools if you are going to build a retaining wall. You will need a shovel and other digging tools in building your retaining walls. You need to work hard on this project. You can only succeed in building your wall if you do some very tough work like digging. Other materials that you will need include a tape measure, a wheelbarrow, landscaping fabric, safety glasses and gloves, wooden stakes, and string for marking the area, a soil tamper, a level and some gravel.
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. If standing water if held in your retaining walls then it can ruin the wall in the future and it will attract mosquitoes which carry viruses. In order to keep water from running directly into the walls, gravel and rocks can be used.
In order to prevent green slime on your wall, efflorescence, rust from wall ties and mineral deposits on your walls then it is important to include a proper drainage system.
You can have a great looking landscape with a properly built retaining wall.