If your garden is on a slope, it may be difficult to access the plants you’ve put in there. Retaining walls are helpful for preventing soil erosion, as well as for making your garden more accessible. A general contractor will be able to build a retaining wall for you, but if you’re feeling handy, it can be a fun DIY project. Just make sure that you follow these steps carefully
Step 1: Analyze the Garden
Before you start building a retaining wall, you need to analyze your garden. You can do it yourself or hire an expert. If you are new to gardening and have no idea what the job entails, then it’s best that you call in a professional who will take care of everything for you.
Here are some things that should be considered during this step:
- Know how much time it will take
- Calculate how much money is needed for materials and labor
Step 2: Choose Your Wall
Before you begin building your retaining wall, it’s important to consider a few things. First, think about the size of the wall you need. If you have a large garden and want to create a beautiful landscape without having to dig up everything and move it back into place once your project is done, this may be something that interests you.
Next, think about what materials will work best for your needs. Are there any restrictions on what kind of lumber can be used? Do certain types of materials last longer than others? It’s always helpful to contact local government officials before attempting anything new like this as they might not have enough information available online or through their website about what type of material is allowed for walls within city limits; however if that’s not possible then simply take into consideration how long each type will last over time (i.e., pressure treated wood typically lasts much longer than standard construction lumber).
Finally, consider cost! Building a retaining wall does not have to break bank — especially if time spent working on projects such as these is just as valuable when considering hourly costs involved with hiring someone else instead.”
Step 3: Get Your Materials
Once you know how to build a retaining wall, it’s time to get the materials. If you’re building a small garden area using the same material as your house, you should be able to find everything at your local hardware store. You’ll need:
- Retaining walls (these are also known as cut-stone blocks or masonry units)
- Paving stones
- Cement blocks (also known as cinder blocks) for posts and corners
- Concrete mix or ready-mix concrete for filling in between the blocks or stones
Step 4: Begin Construction
The first step is to dig the trench. This means digging down deep enough to accommodate the height of your wall, as well as its width. You’ll also want to make sure that it’s level and straight, so that all of it will be straight when you’re done with construction.
Once you have dug out your trench, fill it with gravel or crushed stone for drainage purposes. For this purpose, we recommend using a material called “crushed rock,” which is made up of small pieces of rock broken off from larger formations. It works well for garden walls because it provides good drainage without taking up too much space or making things difficult for plants growing along side your retaining wall project
Step 5: Fill the Wall
Step 5: Fill the Wall
- Fill the wall with dirt and rocks, in layers of equal height. Use a level to make sure it is straight while you fill it with dirt and rocks. Use a shovel to fill the wall, then tamp down each layer firmly with a tamping tool so that it is solid and sturdy.
Step 6: Backfill the Area Behind it
Once your wall is in place and has been tamped down, it’s time to backfill the area behind it. This will help to create a stable base for your wall.
Use a shovel to fill in the dirt behind your retaining wall after you’ve smoothed out any large clumps of dirt or rocks that may have been left behind during construction. Make sure that there are no piles of loose dirt or holes left behind where water can pool and cause erosion problems later on.
With some hard work and tools, you can build a great retaining wall.
With some hard work and tools, you can build a great retaining wall. It’s a good idea to get a professional to help you build the retaining wall, but if you aren’t sure about your ability to build one yourself, hire one. If you’re having trouble finding someone who will do it for cheap or free, there are many websites that offer tutorials on how to make your own retaining walls out of wood pallets or bricks—just remember that building a retaining wall with these materials will take longer than using cement blocks because they don’t hold as much weight; however, when finished they’ll look just as nice
The most important thing is that your garden has enough space for the retaining wall; if not then consider using lighter materials like bricks instead of concrete blocks (which tend crash down after being built).
Just remember that the most important thing when building a retaining wall is to have a well-thought-out plan. Planning will help you avoid costly mistakes and will help make sure your project comes out exactly how you imagined it would. Once you’ve got one built, consider adding some beautiful landscaping around it like trees or shrubs