Retaining wall is where by you raise a potion of a sloppy garden to flatten it . Do you wish to have raised bed gardening but you don’t know how to do it?Is your garden sloping and you want to make a flat portion out of it?
Then consider having retaining walls at some point in your garden.
What is a Retaining Wall?
This is a concrete wall built on a sloping or flat ground for the purpose of holding soil above the groundlevel.
This one of the precautions used in soil retaining among many other method which include:-
- Soil strengthening
- Gabion mesh
Retaining walls have been of great help to people who were once desperate on what to do to their gardens.
Lots of land has been reclaimed thanks to this simple technique of building retaining walls.
There are various types of retaining wall
Retaining walls are built to serve different purposes thus made in different forms.
These are walls that are used to persist much pressure from heavy materials like soil, stones and metallic objects
They are made with a slightly sloping batter seatback to improve their stability.
These are the walls that are made to resist both horizontal force and vertical force.
First, concrete is cemented on the ground at a relatively wide area but depending on the magnitude of weight being supported.
This underlayment’s supports the vertical pressure. It is mostly used where large walls are being constructed to support their weight from sinking.
Secondly, a vertical wall is put up at the middle of the underlayment which supports or suppresses the horizontal pressure.
The wall is supported on its side with concrete supportive masts to add to its strength.
Sheet pilling walls
This is a retaining wall made from steel vinyl or wood pole masts.
The poles are driven into the ground close to each other forming walls.
They are only used on lands with loose soil to drive them easily into the ground.
The depth with which they are driven into the ground varies according to the pressure acting on the wall.
This a method used to support extremely heavy weights that exact pressure on a wall.
It involves a wall that is strengthened with cables that are anchored on some rock or other soils behind it.
The cables can also be added to an already existing retaining wall that expects additional weight pushing it.
Advantages of a retaining wall
- Help in land reclaiming
Land that could have been taken to be waste due to its unfavorable slope is flattened and used as any other purposes.
- Help in raise bed gardening
This is the type of gardening where soil is put in an enclosed region and the plantation planted there.
This kind of plantation is suitable even carpeted floors since there is no dirtying.
The plants are more secure from any accident that occurs on `the ground level.
- Partitioning regions.
It can be built to a short height just for fencing purposes.
This is ideal when enclosing animals to a specific region in your home garden.
Maintaining retaining walls.
The retaining walls needs close maintenance since they are always on pressure and can rupture any time.
They should be repaired immediately a fault appears at appoint, the repairs should include furthest reinforcement of the region to avoid future problems.
Incase additional of pressure on the walls noticed there are various precautions to take:-
- Anchor the wall with cables
- Add slanting supportive masts along the wall.
- Build an additional sloping concrete wall on it.
Concluding remarks on retaining wall.
Take up the challenge in your garden by yourself and change that slope to a flat garden.
This is a simplified job since only what you have to do is build a retaining wall.