- September 21st, 2012
- Property Renovation
A retaining wall is needed in places where the ground is sloping or the ground is uneven. It would be a requirement in order to prevent the soil from being carried away by erosion and human activity. This is especially crucial if your house is built on, or is near a sloping ground.
If you are unfamiliar with making retaining walls, then here are a couple of tips that you can follow in making one:
- You need to figure out the exact location where the wall has to be placed. Once you have determined that, you can mark off the actual placement of the wall.
- Determine the kind of material that you can use in making the wall. You can just use bricks if you want it to be simple, but if you want to try something that would look better, then try looking for some natural stones lying around in the area. If there are no stones that could be used near your place then you can just buy them.
- Clear the ground where the wall is to be constructed. It is important for you to remove stones and other debris there. Take out the grass and other plants that might be in the way. You can use a rake for this clearing process.
- Start measuring the length of the ground that would have to be covered by the wall.
- Using a piece of long string you can then mark the boundary of the wall that you are going to build.
- Start digging along the ground where you need to build the wall. The depth should be about 1 foot. Don’t make it any deeper than that because it might loosen the soil too much, which would weaken the wall. Remove the loose dirt that is still on the trench that you have dug up.
- Place a layer of gravel on the trench.
- You can now start building the actual wall. Depending on the type of material that you have used, you might have to use concrete to hold it in place. If you are using natural stones in the old fashioned, then you wouldn’t need concrete, but placing them and finding the right pieces would take a long time.
- You can make the wall stronger by planting some types of plants near its base. As the plants starts to grow, it will add strength and stability to the plant.
These are the steps that you can follow in building a retaining wall.