Project Planning - Upper and Lower Retaining Wall - Sideyard Backyard Entrance - November 2022
The biggest 'project' item on my 2022 to-do list was to begin the side-yard retaining wall/walkway project in some way. I called it #3 on the list and said that I should start with the 'upper' wall and planting box. This was based on a late-March post showing how I could tackle the project by building an upper and lower retaining wall and 'placing' the walkway on 'top and in-between' those two walls.
When I did my check-in on the list in early September, I was pretty confident that I wasn't going to get to this item. Today - in mid-November - I now can say: I didn't get to it.
As I went into project-planning mode, I went and looked around the Web for ideas. I also looked at our lived environment for ideas, too. And, that's where I came across a recently-installed landscape timber retaining wall project a couple of blocks away from our house. We were out on a walk and saw this fresh, treated lumber wall that looked nicely done:
I initially found this wood retaining wall project from the Family Handyman. This project did away with heavy timbers and instead relies on sandwiching dimensional lumber together to make piers/posts. That's interesting from a DIY-perspective. I found a couple of schematics (below) that outline how these are anchored back to the berm, in an attempt to keep the wall from caving in/bowing out. Both of these (below) are interesting and could work for both the upper and lower walls.
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