It's been a little while since I talked about our home projects, but that doesn't mean that we haven't been working hard. In fact, our yard work has really felt really consuming lately. When we added on to our house, we left a lot of the yard work to do ourselves. It's sooooo much manual labor, and I'm sooooo not strong. We had to install french drains, and our soil was so hard that the hubby had to break it up with a pick. I couldn't even swing the darn thing, so let's just say my help was pretty darn pathetic. And it took sooo long. We worked on those drains every weekend for at least a month. So. Much. Work.
After we installed the drains we started building our retaining wall which was a much more rewarding (and less physically demanding) project. We looked at some local suppliers of blocks, but ultimately decided to go with these blocks from Lowes (partially because they each weighed 20 pounds instead of 50...making them much easier to move, and thus a more feasible DIY project.)
It took my dad, hubby and I about 4 full days to build a wall around half the yard, although we weren't all working at the same time for the entire time. My dad started laying the first row, while my hubby dug out the path. Once my dad left (after 2 days) I took over laying the first row. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed laying these! (Or maybe I was just thrilled that it wasn't near as physically demanding as the french drains!)
Are you curious about making your own retaining wall? Keep reading for more details and pictures: