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. Having a sloping part in your yard can make it difficult to build structures in. One good example is if you want to install a swimming pool in your yard. this would be quite difficult if your yard is sloped. You cannot build a see-saw for your children on this type of land formation. If you want to construct an outbuilding, this too could not be constructed properly. This is the reason why homes have retaining walls around them.
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.
Building retaining walls can be done in many different ways. The building of your particular retaining wall will depends on the type of retaining wall you want to build. Concrete is the most popular type of retaining wall but you can make these walls according to basic construction methods. Interlocking blocks, wooden walls, and insulated concrete forms are the other more popular types.
You can use any type of materials 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 is a laborious job. Tough work like digging is important 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.
There are some important things that you should take into account when building your retaining walls and these are the rate of flow where the water runs off the most and drainage. Your retaining walls should not hold standing water since it will ruin the wall in the long run, and will attract mosquitoes that carry viruses. In order to keep water from running directly into the walls, gravel and rocks can be used.
In order to prevent green slime on your wall, efflorescence, rust from wall ties and mineral deposits on your walls then it is important to include a proper drainage system.
A proper built retaining wall will give you house a beautiful landscape.