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vertical garden: slanted, in Wisley, Surrey, UK, by Andy Sturgeon (photo © Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Lib)

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DIY Retaining Wall - Simple Steps for Building Retaining Wall with japan style

How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall

DIY Retaining Wall - Simple Steps for Building Retaining Wall with japan style

completed steps

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completed steps

Explore eam31's photos on Flickr. eam31 has uploaded 2720 photos to Flickr.

a timber retaining wall -- need alternative to pressure treated wood, though

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Terraced Garden, eliminate the slope, timber construction

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Simple Modern Retaining Wall Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 6

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Low corrugated iron & wood retaining wall. Would look great in an Australian bush garden.

Garden Ideas

Low corrugated iron & wood retaining wall. Would look great in an Australian bush garden.

Lay perforated drainage tubing at base  Water-soaked soil is the worst enemy of retaining walls because it exerts enormous pressure behind the wall. Adding good drainage behind block or stone walls is crucial for long-lasting, bulge-free walls. Start by laying perforated plastic drainage tubing along the base of the wall slightly above ground level so it can drain to daylight. Slope the tubing about 1/4 in. per foot.

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