The backyards which are long sloping may seem pretty, but the truth remains that the beautiful backyards are the flash hills which have nothing when they don’t have a retaining wall. The deck is always fun when it has the pool or garden sheds, patios, some playgrounds for kids, and much more need some level ground to bring a perfect sense for landscaping Reno homes.
If you want to correct the slopping tard, you need to have a retaining wall in the backyard. When creating a retaining fence for your yard, which is sloppy, then your risky garden may be turned to somewhere safe, and the level area which one may use and enjoy thoroughly. When making the retaining walls, you can use any types of materials you like, which includes woods, railway ties, concrete, and natural stones, among other more.
The Pre-Cast Concrete Stones
When you want to have the yard walls retained, then pre-casting the concrete stones will be among the best option for your landscape. The concrete stones have got the lip at their backside which enables them in interlocking with the blocks which will be laid on their top and hence, such stones don’t need any form of motors in holding them together. Such interlocking bricks can produce some solid wall which is capable of resisting pressure from dirt that might be behind them and will finally give a unique look to the walls. The best part being that stones are cast using the taper everywhere hence when you build the curved wall, which most retaining walls like that shape, it will be elementary compared to when you work using some straight materials.
The pre-cast stones can however only be used in applications which need more than three feet height construction. But if you want your yard construction to take less than the height of three feet, then you have a viable solution which is a pre-casting mortar-less retaining wall. If the backyard has slopped in greater heights, you may have the option of using mortar-less concrete stones where you will build some retaining wall series provided no single wall will exceed three feet height limit. Due to that effect, you will come up with several level terraces in the backyard.
Despite the pre-casting concrete stones simplifying your job in some circumstances, it is still a labor-intensive process when you install and retain the backyard wall with this process. The process requires some extensive lifting and digging before you are done, meaning you need to be ready. Here are the steps you will need to follow when creating a retaining wall for your yard while doing it yourself.
You should first plan the place you want your retaining wall to mark the shape with some strings or wooden stakes then. You may use flour or even spray paint in outlining. Because there are various sizes of the stones, you should select the size of the stone you need for construction so you may know the exact amount of stones needed by your wall. After knowing the number of stones required, confirm the local building code of your building so you know if you require a permit or you can start digging. Ensure the local utility lines are available in places that their lines pass through your backyard.
2. Digging the Trench
When you start to dig the trench, it should be somehow more full compared to the stones’ width and also ensure their depth is around six inches. Levelized the trench bottom the best you can and add some stone duct or sand layer. Continue to level the sand you added by having the trench bottom tamped down severally.
3. Place The First Stones Layer
Put the stone layer on the trench then ensure it is an excellent level both it’s front and back with its sides too. You may decide to use the hammer in leveling the stones in case of any adjustments. Go on with laying your starter course as you make sure that every stone is in its level as you adjust the needed places.
4. Cut Some Block For The Starter Course
The first block should be cut into half to have a starter course then you will have it interlocked with the end stone foundation course. Stone is cut to have the wall’s seams offset, and in starting any other direction, don’t forget to have the stone cut. When you cut the stone, have it scored in all its edges using the small ledge and a stone chisel and have the chisel put onto the scored line as you sharply strike it. That stone is supposed to break at the scored line.
5. Verify The Level
On the other wall end, you need to place the stone at the foundation layer then run the string in between those two stones as you check for their level with the string level. After leveling the first course, stones also have to be level to ensure the course is adjusted for perfect stone level.
6. Lay The Second Course
When laying the second course, have stones interlocked with the previous course and use the guiding string for leveling. Always ensure every layer has the needed level for accuracy and to give the correct height measurement.
Fill your trench using some dirt which was earlier excavated then down it down to have a solid wall foundation.
8. Lay And Interlock Additional Rows
Lay other stones’ rows as you interlock them with half stone when starting every course.
9. Use A Fabric Soil Shield
After reaching the height you want, have the landscaping fabric laid behind your retaining wall and extend that fabric some several feet upwards towards the hill. It will prevent soil not to go near your wall.
10. Restore The Soil
You should backfill the wall’s behind then tamp the excavated soil in place. You should then add topsoil at the excavated areas then grade their level.
After restoring the soil, you are done with creating a retaining wall for your yard and need to start enjoying a level yard, especially if there is some terrace garden.