Retaining Wall – Figtree Wollongong NSW

A timber retaining wall that we built with extremely tight access in Figtree.

The Brief

This sloping block has a hedge of Photinias planted for privacy along the fence line giving only 300mm of room to work.

The problem was that soil, mulch and water were apparently moving through the 5 foot paling fence on to the neighbour’s property. Our client wanted to keep on good terms with their neighbour.

The client wanted a garden edge – to contain the mulch and soil, with drainage to ensure no water issues.

The Build

All excavation had to be done by hand. Hard work because it hadn’t rained for some time and the clay was rock hard. A jackhammer was used to break up the soil and then it was shoveled out.

The wall was built using 200 x 75 mm treated pine with all posts concreted in for maximum strength. Coach screws were used to attach the wall to the posts.

100 mm socked ag pipe was installed and covered with blue metal. We tapped the drainage into the storm water pit so no more water issues with the water draining all the way into the storm water system. A box was built around the storm water pit for easy access.

Accommodation was also made for drainage from a future Veggie Patch. Blue metal was also used as an inexpensive mulch in the small gap between the fence and the new wall.

We back filled the trench with the existing soil from the excavation and planted an additional Photinia to fill in a gap and now the garden bed is ready for mulching.

The Result

Client was very happy with the result and they believe they have the best timber retaining wall in Figtree.

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