A home improvement project can be a great way to spend your weekend, and building a retaining wall is no exception. You’ll be able to see the results of your hard work in less time than many other DIY projects, plus you’ll have a new structure to enjoy when you’re done. And all you need are some basic tools and materials. So if you’re looking for a quick weekend project with big payoffs (plus, a hand-built stone or wood retaining wall looks great and adds value to any property), follow these steps:
- Measure the area that you’re going to be building your wall in. Then, dig a hole about 2 feet deep and wide enough for your blocks to fit snugly into. If you have any sort of slope on your property, make sure that the front of each block is flush with the ground level so it looks straight across (but doesn’t extend beyond) when viewed from above.
- Place your first row of blocks directly on top of one another and make sure they are level with each other; this will give you an idea of how many more rows you need before moving on to step 3! If a block is too tall or short compared to its neighbors, use something like a small sledgehammer or mallet (or even just some muscle power) until they are all even once again!
- Repeat steps 1-2 until there are no gaps left between any two adjacent rows. Fill in any holes around where each block meets by packing dirt tightly into place using either a trowel or shovel—it doesn’t really matter which tool u use here as long as u get all those pesky cracks filled up somehow before moving onto step 4!
Step 2. To ensure the wall is level, use a long level to check both sides of each block. If there is a discrepancy, adjust accordingly with additional blocks or dirt as needed. Once you are happy with the height of your retaining wall, fill in any gaps between blocks with soil and tamp down firmly when done.
- Use a level to make sure the wall is straight.
- Place one end of the level firmly in the ground outside your flower bed and then place its other end on top of one or more stakes that mark the corner(s) of your retaining wall.
- Adjust each stake until it matches up with level line on the edge of your shovel handle, which should be parallel to where you’re standing. If necessary, use a shovel to dig out dirt along all four sides so that stakes can be driven into ground without hitting rocks or roots; this will help ensure that your wall is stable and won’t shift over time.
- Use a shovel to break up soil from around where plants are going to go in order for those plants’ root systems not only have access but also room within which they can thrive once they’re planted! Breaking up soil makes space while also allowing water penetration into deeper levels below ground surface! This helps reduce erosion during storms as well as improves drainage during rainy seasons so less moisture gets trapped near plant roots when necessary (this can cause disease development). This step may take several days depending on how large an area needs breaking up before planting begins later down road after building framing structure has been completed altogether.”
Once you’ve laid out your plan, it’s time to get to work. Follow these steps:
- Dig the trench for your retaining wall. The width of your trench should be approximately equal to the width of your wall at its base and should extend a few inches beyond each side.
- Install anchor bolts in the ground by drilling holes on either side of where you’ll want them installed and inserting an anchor bolt into each hole before filling with concrete (or other material). Be sure that there is enough room between where you’re placing an anchor bolt and wherever else it might attach so that nothing gets in the way when attaching things. Make sure everything is level! You can use spirit levels or just eyeball it—either way, make sure everything looks straight before continuing on with this step!
- Pour concrete into the bottom portion of your trench so that it forms a base for whatever material will be placed on top later (e.g., brick). Let dry overnight before moving onto Step 5 below
- Make sure the wall is straight. Use a level to check for any irregularities. To build on a slope, use stakes and string to hold the base of your retaining wall in place until you add more materials. Be sure to use sturdy stakes that are placed at the correct height; make sure your materials will support the weight of what you plan on planting in this flower bed.
- You’ll need lots of concrete for this project—about 200 pounds per foot (15 pounds per square foot) for 4-inch walls or 150 pounds per foot (10 pounds per square foot) for 6-inch walls. This material will give you a strong retaining structure that can also serve as steps leading up to another path if needed
To ensure that the wall is straight and level, use a level to mark the position of stakes on both sides of your planting bed.
Exact placement of these stakes will vary depending on the size of your flower bed; larger beds require more space between stakes and smaller beds require less. We used two 2x4s as supports for each end of our retaining wall and spaced them approximately 20 inches apart.
We then drove in three 6-foot pieces of rebar at each support location using a sledgehammer. This provides extra stability during construction and ensures that moisture won’t make them rot over time (a common problem with wooden support structures).
- Use a string line to mark the top of the wall. Use a level to make sure it’s level, and then use stakes to hold the string in place.
- Dig a trench that’s 4 feet tall by 12 feet long with your shovel, or enough so that you can get all of your soil out of it. You may want to hire someone else for this if you don’t have much experience digging up dirt
- Tamp down your soil with a tamper until it’s compacted enough to support itself as well as any plants placed on top of it (you could also use paver stones).
Once the stone has been laid, you can plant flowers in the wall. You can also plant flowers in the space in front of the wall, which will be nice because it will give them something to look at while they’re growing up and out. You can plant flowers behind the wall if you want to make sure that they have something to look back at when they grow up and out. If you want even more color, try planting some flowers on either side of your retaining structure! And if that isn’t enough for you (it never is), why not fill those empty spaces on top with some beautiful vines or shrubs?
Do this and you’ll have a better flower bed!
You’ll be able to plant more flowers, and you’ll be able to plant them closer to the house. You’ll have more space for plants, and that means you can grow bigger plants.
With these simple instructions, you’ll be able to build a flower bed retaining wall in no time! You’ll have all the tools you need and know exactly what you need to do in order to get started on this project. So go ahead—tackle those other gardening projects on your list or start dreaming up some new ones. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your home garden one of the most beautiful places around