New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

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Three Material Options for Your Backyard Retaining Wall

Sonia Scott

If you are getting prepared to build a retaining wall in your backyard, then you should consider the type of material you want to use in building the wall. This is an important decision because it's not one that you can easily change once everything is set up. After the dirt has been back filled and the wall set into place with anchors or cement, it will be a major hassle to redo the construction. So make sure to consider the material that will be used to build the wall and make sure it's what you want on your property. Here are three different materials that you can use.

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is nice if you want a wood look to match your garden boxes or perhaps paint on the retaining wall to match your home. Pressure-treated wood is resistant to moisture and rot, so it's the only type of wood that you should use in a retaining wall. Even woods like cedar (which is fine for bathrooms and other moist indoor areas) are not good in an outdoor area. The pressure-treated wood will be installed with a backer material that will block it from having direct contact with the earth because while pressure-treated wood is resistant to rot, it is not immune. This backer can either be a sheet of plastic of a mix of crushed stone and plastic.

Concrete Blocks

Concrete blocks have the advantage of being resistant to moisture and rot. In this way they are superior to pressure-treated wood. You can paint them as well. They can sit right against the soil, so there is no need to use backing materials that complicate the procedure. Also, because they are made in a uniform size, you don't have to bother yourself with cement and mortar. They can just be lined up and put into place. If you're looking to secure them together to prevent shifting, you can have the contractor drill holes and install rebar between each block.

Landscaping Boulders

If you prefer the natural look of real stone, then think about using landscaping rock. These are enormous boulders that can be delivered to your property and then used in the construction of the retaining wall. They don't have the uniform and sterile look of concrete blocks, so people who want an very organic-looking retaining wall (as if it's part of the natural landscape) will love them. The added benefit is that they are impervious to climate. You don't have to worry about the rain rotting them or the cold freezing them. You can either have the spaces between the boulders packed tight with soil and grow ivy, or you can have the contractor use mortar.


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.