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Retaining Walls & Soil Management

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Retaining walls provide soil management in areas with uneven terrain. They can also hold raised gardens in backyards. They can be as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional. Constructing a sold retaining wall is a little more involved than you might think. They appear to be nothing more than thin wall of material in front of some ground. But building a good retaining wall requires some careful planning and development. First you need to select building material. Retaining walls can be fashioned from many different materials including stone blocks, concrete blocks, or railroad ties. Follow these three simple steps to build a solid and functional retaining wall to suite your needs:

1. Careful Project Planning

There are several factors which influence a retaining wall including the natural grade of the terrain, natural water flow, soil percolation, size and purpose of the wall, etc. If you're not sure how to measure these factors, it's best to hire a professional contractor who can build your project. You may need to remove a large amount of soil to prepare enough space for the wall, and a professional retaining wall contractor or landscaper will have the equipment and machines necessary remove large amounts of earth.

2. Laying A Solid Foundation

A solid retaining wall begins with a solid fountain. The depth and width of the foundation depends on the size and purpose of the wall. A wall with a large volume of earth and soil behind it is subject to more pressure and stress, so it will need a larger foundation. Tall retaining walls also need a strong foundation. Without a solid foundation, retaining walls can easily wash out and be destroyed by rainfall and external stress.

3. Digging The Wall Cavity

Before the wall is built, a cavity must be dug into the earth which will be filled with a clean filler material like crushed gravel. As the wall is constructed a distance away from the earth, the cavity is filled with the filler material. The specifications for the cavity vary greatly based on the purpose of the wall, the percolation of surrounding soil, height of the wall, etc.

If you're considering a new retaining wall, or you need to repair or replace an existing wall, call your local retaining wall contractor above now to schedule an estimate. A professional contractor will be able to help you plan a retention wall that best for your project, and they will be able to construct it for you too!

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