February 20, 2015

Building Terraced Walls

Landscape designs are often more attractive when they include smaller, terraced walls rather than one large wall. Terraced walls can create more usable space, build raised gardens, help prevent erosion and add interest to your landscape.

PLAN
The spacing and height of terraces will affect the overall design and engineering of your project. Choose the wall layout that best suits your project requirements.

DESIGN
Design the shape for beauty and function
Consider what will fill the space between terraced walls.
Will it be used for plantings, filled with decorative rock or covered with sod? Terraced walls provide built-in edging that minimizes trimming and maintenance. Design the shape of terraced walls to compliment the surrounding architecture and landscape.

BUILD
Always Build on Solid Ground - The most important element in building terraces is soil compaction. Building on poor, un-compacted soil will result in settling of the upper walls. Although lower terraced walls are typically built on solid ground, upper walls are often built on soils that have been disturbed in the construction process. To ensure the stability of these soils, they should be removed down to solid ground and carefully reinstalled and compacted