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Old 09-23-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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Landscaping advice, help

My wife and I have bought a shed to put in our backyard. The shed is 12x16. Our back yard is about 80ft long and 54ft wide. The problem is it's very sloped.


We want to landscape the bottom 51ft of the yard if possible. The level rises 8ft over that 51ft. Ideally this is our plan. 12ft from the back fence, we want a 1ft high retaining wall that is 35ft wide, using Rail Road ties. Then level that for the next 17ft, causing us to need a 3ft tall wall, then level that back 22ft and have our final wall 4ft tall. We'll build side walls that taper off with the ground level. We will leave about 12ft on the right side (see pic) and 7ft on the left side untouched.

the other alternative is two walls, the lower 3ft tall at 12ft from the fence and the upper 5ft tall at 34 ft from fence.

My question is, does anyone know someone in San Antonio that can do this for a reasonable price? We just built a 7ft gate in the backyard and the access is pretty easy.

We've had a couple people in here giving us quotes, but we're not sure they know what they're doing. We need a little advice to see if you think we're crazy, or can this be done for a reasonable price? We've found RR ties for $13.50 ea.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

J.D.

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Put big rocks back there and make a rock crawling garden. Seriously, get with a concrete contractor, you will find that railroad ties will rot/sag/break over time, a good small concrete wall will be better. Also there are interlocking concrete block walls that would work too.
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Put big rocks back there and make a rock crawling garden. Seriously, get with a concrete contractor, you will find that railroad ties will rot/sag/break over time, a good small concrete wall will be better. Also there are interlocking concrete block walls that would work too.
Also, critters like to live in the RR ties. If you could get a contractor to pour a level footer, it wouldn't be that hard to stack the retaining wall bricks to finish it. Of course, it is a lot more expensive to do it that way, but I know you can do the planning and it will last a lot longer.
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I think we found the contractor who is going to do the work. We're going to make two retaining "walls" out of natural rock. They will be more like steep slopes with large rocks to hold them in place. the upper wall will be the tallest and then they'll level it down to the lower wall, plus add road base to put our shed on. This isn't the most ideal thing I want to do, but it seems to be the best given our budget and the time we'll be spending at this house. Since we're military, we're probably only here for three years.

I built a gate back there this weekend. It turned out "OK" for not having the posts in concrete. Made a small ramp for the gate to hang on when closed so except for the latch, you can't tell there is a gate back there.

It was a good excuse to get a compound miter saw!!

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