Types of Retaining Walls
There are a variety of different types of retaining walls that can be used for many different purposes. One wall can be used for your yard, your garden, or your house. Here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular retaining walls.
The three most common types of retaining walls that are used around gardens and yards are concrete, masonry, and stone. The material you choose will really depend upon where the wall is located, what you like the look of, and the amount of time you plan to have the wall holding in the soil. A concrete retaining wall is usually used to retain soil in place and keep it in the center of a garden or yard so that erosion and other factors do not have as much of an impact on the area. The wall is usually anchored into the earth with steel or other concrete-reinforced material. It will take time to set up and take down depending on how much soil is needed to keep the wall in place.
Another type of retaining wall that is commonly used is one that is placed on a hillside to retain excess groundwater. This is most often used on slopes or hillsides where water is usually retained in the center. You can see this in action by looking at a retaining wall that has been placed on an incline. Usually these types of retaining walls also have a sliding surface on the outside of them.
Earth pressure is another type of reinforcement that can be used to reinforce these types of retaining walls. Earth pressure is caused when the soil weighs on the wall. By using earth pressure you can reduce the amount of pressure that is exerted on your retaining wall.
Some engineers also use earth anchors for above ground retaining walls. Earth anchors can be either concrete or steel anchors that are anchored into the earth to increase strength. Earth anchors are usually strong enough to hold up to 400 pounds per unit.
Concrete retaining walls can be used in almost any type of landscape. Concrete retaining walls are most commonly used to surround a pool. In order to build a concrete retaining wall, you will first need to dig a hole in the area where you want to put the retaining wall. After you have located the hole you will need to add a layer of concrete. If possible, you should add a layer of concrete right below the surface of the ground so that you don’t have to wait for the concrete to dry before you can install the retaining wall.
Once you have the concrete poured it will be important to put a layer of thick vegetation in the hole. The reason for this is so that the concrete will have a better chance of staying intact for longer. The next step is to dig a path along the edge of your earthbound retaining wall. You will then want to put wooden ladders and planks along the path of your earthbound retaining walls. This will allow you to reach any needed supplies without having to remove your gardening tools and containers. If you live in an area where there are a lot of weeds, you should also consider using weed killers such as Weed Smart to kill any weeds in and around your earthbound retaining wall.
For those who want to install retaining walls that require minimal work the easiest options include using sheet metal and a layer of gravel laid on top of the soil. Sheet metal should be installed so that you are left with a one-inch thickness. Grouting gravel will ensure it stays in place and form the foundation for your retaining walls. When installing sheet metal, there are a few things to remember such as making sure there are no nails or sharp pieces poking out from the top of the metal. When installing sheet metal, the next best thing is to ensure that there is strong support behind it as it forms the base for the walls. You will have fewer worries about your retaining wall failing while in use if you have a strong support.