Planning to uplift your backyard? Do you want to set up a nice space for barbecues? How about some sections for gardening? Are you looking for something more functional and aesthetic than a simple fence?
Then putting up a retaining wall may be the answer to your problem!
Retaining walls are multifunctional permanent structures that provide you with a flat, usable piece of land to use for whatever you fancy! Barbecue party? Check! Flower garden? Check! Lawn? Check! The opportunities are endless!
Plus, if you live in an area with sloping soil, retaining walls do so much for preventing erosion. Plus, they can be very pleasing to look at! Convinced yet? There are a lot of materials that you can choose from in building a retaining wall. And, depending on which one you decide to go with, you can even build the wall yourself, with adequate DIY skills.
But, what if you are working on a tight budget? Don't worry- here are inexpensive retaining wall ideas to choose from, so you can have that retaining wall up in to time!
Do you have a lot of junk lying around? Say, old tires, perhaps? Or is there a nearby junkyard you can get these from? You can totally build a pretty sturdy and long lasting retaining wall from these things!
Just stack them together at a slightly back sloping angle, fasten together with wire or metal posts for added stability, and fill them with gravel, or soil if you want your retaining wall to double as a planting area.
You can even paint them with whatever color you choose, decorate them to your fancy, or cover with trailing plants for a more natural aesthetic.
Dry Stack Rocks
Alternatively, if you have a lot of rocks, pebbles, and boulders lying around in or near your property, you can also use them to build a retaining wall. (If you don't have any available, you can also buy these at construction sites- they are much cheaper than commercially available stones)
To build a retaining wall from dry stack rocks, just pile them on top of each other (make sure that the surfaces are relatively flat so that they are balanced), creating a rough triangle, with the height of the wall measuring twice its width.
If you're creative enough, you can even make patterns by using different sizes and shades of rock.
If you do need to buy materials for your retaining wall, wood is definitely the cheapest option among all other retaining wall materials. They are also pretty sturdy and can last for up to 10 to 20 years, depending on the environmental conditions.
Do make sure that you only use treated timber specifically made for retaining walls. Otherwise, you might see your wall with cracks and discoloration, or generally decaying in a short span of time.
Wood retaining walls are natural looking, and can be very versatile as you can make straight and curved walls. They can also be stained, painted, and so on.
Improve your outdoor living area with hardscaping. You can incorporate stairs, walkways into your retaining walls for a more functional space.
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