How to level this garden DIY

Discussion in 'Landscaping and Outdoors' started by bond007, May 31, 2021.

  1. bond007

    bond007 Active Member

    I want to level this back garden which is currently on bif of slope and lumpy in areas.

    It has a retaining wall made of railway sleepers.

    Can I screw down additional
    costs for sleepers on existing ones and raise it by about 2 foot..
    Then level the hards section area?

    Or level from wall side where the steps.. Same side as edges....

    Any suggestions welcome

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  2. dray

    dray Active Member

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  3. bond007

    bond007 Active Member

    That was my original post but only cut grass after moving in to see extent of slope.
    Not as bad as expected...
    Hence could I get away with additional sleepers on top of existing ones as retaining wall.
    That way I can dig down from house side and use that earth to fill fence side to try and level it.
  4. bond007

    bond007 Active Member

    Anyone re the sleepers idea on existing ones....
  5. Adamfya

    Adamfya Active Member

    Those lower sleepers under the fence?
    They look no good for much tbh.
    Start again and use rsj, slot your sleepers in up right. Bit of a fŕench drain at the bottom put some dpm on the sleeper face and back-fill.

    Remember when you level off your ground, your fence height becomes more or less useless as a privacy barrier
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  6. Hans_25

    Hans_25 Screwfix Select

    Doesn't sound like a good idea to me, sleepers will rot and be come weak over time, if that "wall" gives way you'll be liable. There is a long stretch of sleeper wall with no reinforcement that I can see.
  7. Dan Greenslade

    Dan Greenslade Active Member

    Think it'll be a case of digging it up and putting in the steel and sleepers to the correct height if you want it to last.
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  8. Nellie Perry

    Nellie Perry New Member

    My backyard was also a bit sloppy and lumpy in areas. You could try to fill in gaps here and there. Maybe chop off high points or hard lumps to level topsoil and then add a few additional grass seeds to the lawn.
    I think your area would be a good fit to lay a patio or deck, or maybe build a small pool just right there in the corner. It would be a good idea to keep the sleepers, but maybe you should backfill them with a dry concrete mix until the wall is unbreakable. I had a neighbour who connected the backs of the sleepers, with lengths of wood, and metal strips to strengthen them, just don't forget about drainage if you do so.

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