If you are searching for a versatile garden material, have you considered landscape sleepers? They are a hard-wearing material and can also be a very cost-effective option for numerous projects.
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For those who are searching for a hardwearing material for DIY projects, landscape sleepers are versatile and can be used for a variety of different uses, one such example is a retaining wall.
A retaining wall could be built using landscape sleepers either horizontally using a brick bond, or by using the sleepers vertically (upright on their end).
The principal of laying a horizontal sleeper wall is similar to laying bricks. Start by marking out the line of the wall, and then dig a level trench approximately 300mm deep and 350mm wide. Then fill the trench with wet concrete, sharp sand & cement, or scalpings to form a level solid base.
You then lay each row of sleepers on top of each other, making sure that the joins overlap just like a brick wall (hence the term Brick-bond) Each row of sleepers should be fixed to the previous row using "index timber lock screws" or "carpenters mate" screws. Tip: A pilot hole drilled into the sleepers makes for an easy job!
Vertical retaining posts behind the wall should be considered if the wall is more than 500m high. Simply dig a hole in the ground directly behind the wall and use ready mixed concrete to hold in place. The posts can then be connected to the wall using timber lock screws (index timber screws)
Landscape sleepers can be laid on the wide or narrow section of the sleeper, however if you are laying on the narrow part we recommend that you always use a timber post behind the wall for support.
By vertically placing the railway sleepers you can create an attractive curved wall of varying height.
The process is relatively straight forward, although does require some digging and lifting! Start by marking out the line of the wall using spray paint or even your garden hose, then dig a trench approx. 450mm deep. Lower the sleepers into the trench and backfill using concrete. A fairly dry mix of concrete is required, otherwise the sleepers might not hold in place, and the wet concrete will create a lot of mess. The concrete should be compacted behind the sleepers to hold them firmly in place. For added strength, we recommend that you connect the sleepers using timber or steel connectors.
Before you back fill with soil drainage will need to be considered, especially if the ground is sodden and prone to damp. Pea shingle directly behind the wall could be something to consider. It is worth remembering that the life span of timber sleepers will depend on the conditions of the ground they sit in. To prolong the life span, we recommend lining the back of the sleeper wall with a plastic sheet to prevent the timber coming into direct contact with the soil. Or if you prefer there are products on the market such as Bitumen black paint, which acts a water proof barrier. Simply paint on and leave to dry before you back fill with soil.
Our team of friendly and enthusiastic staff are happy to offer assistance and advice. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the products we stock on our website, or if you would like any additional information regarding landscape sleepers, or any of our other products such as fencing, garden decking, or timber, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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