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Building a Retaining Wall


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July 8, 2019
New Retaining Wall and Early Plantings - house with wall and first plantings in the fall
 

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During the summer of 2018 we added a second tier retaining wall to our front yard. It improved the existing steep slope that was mostly useless, as it was difficult to water and slippery to try and weed. In preparation for the wall construction we had several holly trees and a large fir tree removed. The fir interfered with the pink flowering dogwood at the top of the hill. The stumps seen in the lower garden are from those trees. The large granite stones were part of an earlier attempt by the previous homeowner to keep the hill stable, but there was always soil washing down and over the original wall.

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Then the planting began. New Retaining Wall and Early Plantings - house with wall and first plantings in the fall

 

Here are a few photos of the wall and early plantings taken over the end of summer and early fall.

New Retaining Wall and Early Plantings - building in process

 

New Retaining Wall and Early Plantings - stacked wall above the original poured wall

 
New Retaining Wall and Early Plantings - a few early plants
 
This one is looking down from the top of the new stacked wall to the garden between the two walls.

New Retaining Wall and Early Plantings - looking down from the top

 
When you don't have work shoes, just put plastic bags over your boots, as my granddaughter did here.

New Retaining Wall and Early Plantings - fall colors on a small Japanese maple

 

Click here to see the new plants this June My June Garden.

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Our home in the Pacific Northwest, Olympic Peninsula

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