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Do I need some sort of retaining wall? (Pic)

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Twopeapods Thu 06-Apr-17 15:29:15

Ok I posted a few months back about my -garden- mud slope. We have arranged a company to come and put down artificial grass on the turf part in a couple weeks, but we have a fence and a gate on the slope part which was for keeping the dog off and stopping the kids falling off.
In front of the fence there is an area about 3 metres across and 1 metre deep. We are going to be putting a little play fort in this area with turrets and a slide. I'll attach a pic of the idea also. The fence itself is going to come down but we will shorten the posts so the turrets are the same on the front and back.
The question, do we need to do some sort of retaining wall? Put sleepers in? Would just some sort of wood going across the bottom be enough? Like the kind that stops stones going under a fence?

shovetheholly Fri 07-Apr-17 10:17:41

If you are planning on putting something like bark or rubber chips or any kind of loose aggregate on the slope, then you'll need something at the bottom to ensure it doesn't dump all over your patio. It doesn't have to be terribly tall, however.

I guess you'll need a soft landing area for the slide too?

Twopeapods Sat 08-Apr-17 08:04:53

Where the stones are on the right of the pic, that's what we are digging out so will be putting rubber tiles on the inside of that area. But the fence already there we are taking down. Thanks.

Fantasticmissfoxy Tue 18-Apr-17 08:20:32

It's not going to be a huge weight of soil (looks about 1 and a half feet to dig out at the back?) so something like scaffolding boards (pressure treated) screwed onto 4 inch posts at either end and one in the middle (hammered well down or concreted in so they are solid) should be enough to retain the soil.

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