If you live on a slope or in an area prone to extreme weather, a retaining wall might be the perfect addition to your backyard. A retaining wall is a wall that holds in soil, preventing it from shifting with the slope of the earth or being damaged by water or wind. This type of wall can be especially helpful if you are looking to garden on an uneven surface, because it levels the soil. There are many different types of materials you can use to create a retaining wall, but bricks are the most effective. They are very durable and weather-resistant, making them a great, sturdy choice for your garden or backyard. They are also a very natural material that is made in an energy efficient way.
Creating your own retaining wall is actually very easy. The project can be completed in a day or two. It makes your yard look polished, and gives your plants a healthy space to grow. To build the wall, you will need bricks, mortar, and lumber, as well as tools like a hammer, nails, a measuring tape, shovel, wheelbarrow, and trowel. The exact materials you need will depend on the size and shape of your retaining wall.
To start, you will need to build the foundation for the wall. Dig a trench that is roughly three times wider than the base of the wall. Then, you will need to install the footing for the wall. There are multiple ways to do this, but one of the most common is to use steel rebar and wire to create a grid, then fill it in with concrete. Ensure that your foundation is level when pouring it.
From there, begin to lay your bricks in a straight, level line. Lay a base of mortar about two inches thick for each layer of bricks. The number of layers you will need depends on the size of your wall. Use mortar to tightly fill in the gaps between the bricks. When you get to the top row, lay the bricks slightly perpendicular to the rest of the rows to hold the soil in. Then, use a wire brush to remove any excess mortar.
Installing a brick retaining wall is an easy project that any DIY enthusiast will enjoy. Not only will it add visual structure to your garden, but it will also hold the soil in place and prevent structural damage from rain.
We have a great range of retaining wall blocks available to view at our Arundel showroom. You can view the brochures here.