|These are them. I would like another color, but these are what I have.|
OK, I have never built a retaining wall.....How hard can it be? I got my shovel, a hoe, and a level. Since, I can't do the whole yard. I thought I would use them around a tree or two, in order to form a level area for flowers.
The ground is sloping, so if you just placed the block on the ground....it would be sloping too. Start your first block in the lowest area, which was below the tree. If, I had started on the side on higher ground, things would not work out. I had to level the dirt before placing the first block. As, I went around the tree, I had to dig into the dirt more and more to get the block level, as I was going up hill. Therefore, only the lower area, below the tree is done.
This was NOT a fast task....anyone can do it, it just took Patience....Then after you get your first one placed, move on to block two. Now you have to make sure it is level from front to back AND level to the one next to it. I am excited to add some good dirt and hostas on my next trip over. And, do another tree. Yep, more blocks to move from the front yard.
June 2013, I took another picture for you of the side. Looks different from the above picture. Plants and mulch and some rocks that I picked up to finish the circle.
|Some of the rocks I have ran into.|
I mentioned Rocks.....We did some leveling with the tractor on one trip over and oh my, the rocks.....I started throwing them in a pile, next to trees....I don't want the lawnmower to hit them. I guess that is why you see rock walls in peoples yards and gardens in the hills. I made a rock garden with some grasses and Brown-eyed Susans. Excuse the weeds, I sprayed them.