Using Wood for Retaining Walls in Your Yard

If you’re looking to add more safety and security to your yard, then you should think about putting up a wood retaining wall. The following are a few tips for putting up a wood retaining wall on your own:

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    Use wood stakes and nylon strings in order to set up a representation of height and perimeter for your wall.

  2. Create a trench 12 inches deep around the perimeter.
  3. Add 6 inches of three-quarter inch stone to the trench, using a hand tamper to compact it.
  4. Drill 9/16 inch diameter holes in your first-course landscaping timbers.
  5. Stake your timber into place by driving rebar spikes into the ground.
  6. Once the first row of timbers is set, set the second row. Stagger the end joints by a minimum of four feet.
  7. Using landscaping screws, fasten the second course of timbers to the first course with an impact driver.
  8. Pour more stone behind the wall and then lay a perforated pipe with a four-inch diameter on top. Cover the pipe with more stone.
  9. Install the third course of timbers.

Use these steps to construct your retaining wall. Get your wood at our Kansas City lumberyard by contacting us at Schutte Lumber today.