the use of retaining walls.
Retaining walls offer many benefits to your landscape. They can be used as a practical solution to an issue, a beautiful addition to your landscaping that adds interest to your home, or a combination of the two. Gardens, steps and landscaping are all popular ways that people incorporate retaining walls into the look of the exterior of their home.
It has a wide variety of applications: gardens, steps, landscaping
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The key to retaining wall installation is the preparation of the base.
It is critical to have a solid base. The base should be 8-12” in depth depending on the application.(more weight, more base)
The base can consist of a granular base with the top portion of the base being limestone screenings for leveling.
Compaction of the base is critical. Every few inches should be compacted with a plate tamper. In areas that are too tight a hand hand held tamper should be used.
When installing the first row ensure that the area is level. A combination of laser and level can make final grading extremely accurate.
Installation should begin at the lowest point and the first row should be run in to the ground. This carries on until you get to the top row.
Stones should be placed in such a way that all cracks are alternating.
Depending on the stone each row will need to be filled with gravel and / or glued to the row above and below. It is also recommended that walls are tied into the ground behind them. this ensures that the wall stays straight and secure.
As well the installation of a drainage sock at the base of the first row is important. The sock should be covered with gravel. This ensures that all water drains down and away and the base stays secure. once the top row is on landscape fabric. it is glued to the inside of the wall and run to the base. This ensures no seeping of soil etc through the cracks.
In most cases the stones have to be cut in some areas. The use of a concrete saw, either hand held or table, make this an efficient process and adds to the beauty and flexibility that retaining walls offer.