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What type of trees for space behind boulder wall?

I had a fence like yours put in so I will pass on that this is not a fence that you want to get scratched or rubbed from tree branches. From the pictures it looks more like a two foot wide growing ...
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How do you build an 8' high retaining wall out of mafia blocks?

Some of the usual suspects are not mentioned in your plan including: landscape fabric between the gravel back fill behind the wall and the soil four inch drain pipe with sleeve at the inside base of ...
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How should I re-stack a dry stone wall?

This is a dry stone wall that has been built without mortar or a poured concrete foundation. The site has several challenges: the area above the wall slopes so any rain or runoff water will go down ...
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Would a Crinkle Crankle (Serpentine) Wall be strong enough to sit on?

A linear brick wall is strong in compression but resists lateral forces poorly. The serpentine wall attempts to overcome that with its curvature so that it provides as much strength as a linear two ...
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Best Retaining wall solution adjacent to fence

I agree with Roxy this would be the optimal way. However, I see several problems with that approach - 1) it's relatively difficult to build a decent wall without removing the fence boards. You just ...
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How should I re-stack a dry stone wall?

Honestly, due to the slope and the fact that building rock walls is a learned skill, I would recommend you hire someone to do it right. I have seen some amazing craftsmanship in a rock wall that was ...
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How do you build an 8' high retaining wall out of mafia blocks?

As an engineer who has designed numerous retaining walls it is obvious that non engineers are doing internet research and don't fully understand what they are looking at. The wall in questions can ...
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Would a Crinkle Crankle (Serpentine) Wall be strong enough to sit on?

I'm not a mason, but my general inclination is that a single row of bricks without some reinforcement (rebar through brick at regular intervals) wouldn't be strong enough. I realize they are curved ...
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Is there a way to make a honeysuckle cover the lower parts of a wall?

I believe that several plants are needed. When a plant reaches good light, it no longer grows leaves in the shade. Plant several plants, and train them so each lives at a different height
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How do you build an 8' high retaining wall out of mafia blocks?

I just need to add that any wall above 4' has to be engineered. Is there anyway that you could terrace this? Is there enough room to install 2, 4' walls or better yet, 3' walls? Perhaps the rules ...
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Best Retaining wall solution adjacent to fence

I would cut off the bottom of the wood fence and build a masonry/stone/block retaining wall under it (just inside the plane of the fence). I would use whatever is the cheapest product that I could ...
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What sort of foundation does a Serpentine wall need

You'll need a minimum of 4" of crushed limestone; for a wall of that height I'd probably use 6" just to be safe. Most people like using washed limestone as a foundation as opposed to "base" since it ...
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Would a Crinkle Crankle (Serpentine) Wall be strong enough to sit on?

Yes, a Crinkle Crankle Serpentine wall that has no other job to do such as hold back soil and is only 15-18" high, has a decent foundation of compacted gravel and a foot deep concrete foundation and ...
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Weep holes in garden retaining wall

You're smart to look for ways to improve the drainage here, since the number one cause of a failed retaining wall is poor drainage. In a perfect world, weep holes in a retaining wall should be ...
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Approach to dealing with sloping bed

Something like your option 3 could be done. From the level of the driveway or maybe 2 bricks higher, construct a brick retaining wall matching the bricks on the house and steps. The driveway needs to ...
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How to attach things to cinder block walls? (For training wisteria plant)

Get plastic inserts at any hardware store. Drill a hole ,push in insert, thread in screw. The inset package will specify drill and screw sizes. I strongly recommend drilling holes in the mortor.
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Best dwarf shrub varieties which has shallow roots to plant near building wall

You may consider installing , tree root barriers to invasive roots from damaging your foundation or sewer lines etc.. It might be an expensive option but still good one. Please find root barrier below ...
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How to attach things to cinder block walls? (For training wisteria plant)

Wisteria is usually a strong climber and can easily put a lot of weight on a support. There are at least two ways to do this: buy or build a trellis. Be sure it's installed firmly in the ground. ...
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Getting Rid of Tree of Heaven Growing on Top of Retaining Wall

Triclopyr, often sold as "Stump and Brush Killer" will kill all woody plants, It's easy to use and doesn't require you to physically remove tree roots - you just cut each stem/trunk and ...
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How to fix a dry stacked stone retaining wall on a ash hill?

The question of "is a permit needed" is one you have to ask the local authorities - in most areas "landscaping" will not require a permit, but that may not be true in your area, or ...
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Is it Possible to Correct Slump in Stone Retaining Wall?

I see that the stone is held in with mortar. As it's not a dry stone wall then you cannot raise it without rebuilding it. With a mortared wall there should be a concrete foundation underneath. If ...
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Is a Corten steel planter strong enough to be used as retaining wall?

With minimum information in , one gets minimum information out. Corten is relatively high strength steel , with 50,000 + psi yield compared to 35,000 psi yield for ordinary hot rolled steel.It is ...
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What should I do about a tree that is growing over my retaining wall?

The bark appears to be Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) which you can verify when it flowers. It looks like a previous owner had your concern about the tree in this location and decided to ...
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Would a Crinkle Crankle (Serpentine) Wall be strong enough to sit on?

I don't know if it would support the weight of a number of people, or even one, (though I suspect not) but it's unlikely to be an issue, because anyone perching on it won't stay there long, it'd be ...
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