Beautify Your Landscape with Retaining Walls
Having a driveway or a yard that is long and sloping can make your property pleasant 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. Building a swimming pool on your sloping yard would be difficult to do. See-saws will not work properly on this kind of land formation. You will have a poorly constructed outbuilding on a sloping yard. With retaining walls your property can be leveled up and still make it looking great.
Retaining walls prevent water or earth to advance and this wall also supports a structure. 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.
There are a lot of ways that retaining walls can be built. Whatever type of retaining wall you want to build on your property is for you to decide. There are basic construction methods for these walls with the most popular being retaining walls made from concrete. Some other types of retaining walls that are popular are interlocking blocks, wooden walls, and insulated concrete forms.
When it comes to materials, any can be used for building a retaining wall. Stones and concrete are the most popular materials for building retaining walls although today, people use things that will make a creative retaining wall project. Old railway ties were used by some to make their retaining wall very interesting indeed.
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. This job requires a lot of labor. You need to do some really tough work including digging to build your wall. 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.
When you are planning to build your retaining wall, you should take into account the rate of flow where water runs off the most, and drainage. The presence of standing water in your retaining can ruin the wall in the long run and can become the breeding ground of mosquitoes carrying diseases. Gravel and rocks can be used to keep water from running directly into the walls.
Green slime of your wall, efflorescence, rust from wall ties, and mineral deposits can be prevented if you include a proper drainage system.
A proper built retaining wall will give you house a beautiful landscape.