How to build a retaining wall that will last for years and years

Narrow lots, sloping terrain, and poor drainage are just some of the challenges that you’re forced to deal with when it comes to your yard. Building a retaining wall is a great idea because it will keep the soil in place and water won’t be able to erode the soil. Basically, you can battle against gravity and leverage one-of-a-kind planting opportunities. If you’ve got a sloped yard, at some point or another you’ll have to add different elevations. Not only will a retaining wall keep dirt and water away from the home’s foundation but also allow you to build a terraced garden. If you want to do it right the first time, follow these instructions.

Determine how wide the retaining wall trench will be

As a rule, the top of the stem of the Støttemur shouldn’t be less than 12 inches. The depth to the bottom of the base slab needs to be kept at a minimum of 2 feet. Experts deploy laser level and a story pole to establish the depth of the trench. It’s crucial to lay out the trench before you start digging. This way, you’ll always have a point of reference when installing the row of blocks. The trench should be designed by a professional engineer or at least approved by one. As far as digging is concerned, you’ll need some shovels and a pick.  

Lay a stone base

Spread Belegningsstein across the entire trench. Some prefer using crushed stone instead of gravel because it ensures better drainage. Needless to say, natural crushed stone can turn out to be expensive. It’s recommended to avoid rounded stones because they don’t form interlocking bonds. Tamp everything down slowly and make sure the ground is flat. After you’ve just laid in the trench, you’ll see that the stone is almost entirely compacted.

Complete the courses

Lay the first course of stones in the middle of the trench, making sure this operation is carried out perfectly. Next, add a couple of more courses and make sure the wall is level in both directions. Sure, it’s not as easy as installing a Trekkekummer, but it’s not overly complicated either. Continue to sweep off blocks and make sure the surface is clean for a good connection. Most importantly, save yourself time and effort by installing a color/style that matches the rest. If you have the skills for the job, you’ll be able to speed up things.

Install drainage

Drainage prevents the accumulation of water and minimizes soil erosion. A retaining wall is a handy feature on any property, but it’s prone to damage. The vast majority of retaining walls fail because of improper drainage. Put in a drainage system that allows water to escape from under the wall. For adequate drainage, you need gravel backfill, soil compaction, pipe drains, and weep holes. It’s important to avoid excess moisture during the construction phase, just so you know. Consult with your neighbors to make sure that they’re okay with your plans.

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