Building a retaining wall

Old 04-08-06, 11:49 AM
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Building a retaining wall

Our backyard drops off on the sides to the street. The drop is 2-3 feet. We have a six foot tall shadow box fence where the bottom of the fence is at street level. So the drop off is all inside the fence. I want to create a flower garden along the fence with a ~6 inch tall wall separting the grass from the flower garden. The flower garden will be 3-4 feet wide or could go wider if necessary. What kind of wall should I put against the fence that will suppport the dirt that I will fill in? I am certain the fence could not support the weight so the wall will need to carry the load. What are the key things I need to do to support this wall. What are my options for the wall separating the grass from the flower garden?
Old 04-08-06, 04:21 PM
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Building a retaining wall

Do you want your flower garden inside or outside of the fence?

Is the fence at the property line and at the sidewalk?

If you want the garden inside the fence, you probably would be better off building a small retaining wall and raising the fence bottom elevation.

As you know, the fence will not support or retain the soil.

A photo would help.


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