Justin and I took the long weekend to finally attack this project and WOW, it was a lot of work. This was the first true landscaping project for both of us, and we just figured it out on our own step by step.
Justin started by deciding what shape he wanted the retaining wall. Although he just eyed this part, using a garden hose to mark the shape can help. He began digging out the line that the first row of pavers would set in.
As you can see from this pic, we decided on a doing a curved retaining wall.
First row down. This is the point of the slope that the next row of pavers begins. I'll let the photos show this process.
All in all, it took 89 pavers! Mind you, they weigh 22.5lbs each. We had to load them onto our cart at Home Depot, than into our car and then unload once we got home. It took us three trips to Home Depot over 2 days, and we both feel like we ran a marathon this weekend. It was tough work!
Once our wall was built, it was time to fill it up. The first layer consisted of coarse paver sand and we tightly packed the backside of the pavers to prevent them from moving.
After 10 bags of paver sand, we filled the remaining space with 8- 40lb bags of potting soil and then topped it with 5 bags of mulch.
So you don't have to scroll back up, here is the before once more-
And now the After-
Justin did such a good job. I love how this turned out.
I should note, that we were carefully supervised the entire time by these two boys :)
A few things to note-
1. We ended up having to cut a few pavers and use a half on each end. Justin was able to get a clean break by using a steel mallet and chisel, like this-
3. It is labor-intensive. The actual building of the wall is fairly simple to figure out. However, carrying 22.5lb pavers all day long in the hot sun and wind took it out of us. Take breaks and don't over do it.
A few more pictures, just because we are so happy with our hard work-