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Outdoor Landscaping Ideas And Retaining Wall Blocks

Outdoor landscaping ideas pick up some of the slack of a weakened housing market as the demand for outdoor living remains strong. The backyard living concept has evolved from a deck or patio area to a true outdoor living space complete with a full kitchen.

Outdoor landscaping ideas involving structures such as gazebos, arbors, trellises and pergolas are becoming more in demand. This is no surprise given the rise in popularity of outdoor living spaces. The more fortunate enjoy their deck and patio areas complete with pools while the very fortunate stack their eating, sitting and living areas with surround sound and HDTV.

Simple outdoor landscaping ideas are a thing of the past. People are now thinking more in terms of defining spaces with walls, ceilings and roofs in an open sense to blend with the outdoors. Pergolas have taken off over the last few years from practically 0% business to being the single largest segment of the contracting business.

In building retaining wall blocks, cap-block finishing parts must be used. By sealing the wall next to the house, the water will be kept out of the basement. For structural reasons, backfilling should always be done in layers. Ending up with a sunken feature is the outcome of not doing backfilling in compacted 8, 10 and 12 inch increments against the wall.

It becomes necessary to install gravel behind the wall with a pipe and filter fabric when retaining wall blocks are built to hold back soil that slopes down to it. The added advantage of this installation is its directing the water to go where it is wanted to go.

Doing a curve on the retaining wall blocks can sometimes prove better than keeping them straight. After the placement of a garden hose along the area where the retaining wall blocks are wanted, four inches may be dug up in front, following the curve of the hose.

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