Retaining walls can be constructed from a range of materials including timber sleepers or wooden poles or posts. These can be used as an effective barrier to construct steps, garden beds and terraced retaining walls on sloped properties. Retaining walls are also an effective remedy for halting the progress of erosion. Timber should be selected with quality in mind, so look for any characteristics such as knots and any insect damage which may detract from its long term durability. Local hardwood species are likely to provide better longevity and insect resistance than imported varieties.
An important consideration when constructing any retaining wall is the installation of adequate drainage, to prevent water and moisture build up on the retaining structure. This can cause rot and may lead to the collapse of the wall completely.
If you are planning a retaining wall on your property, consider the following prior to construction:
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