Thursday, May 24, 2018

Replacing Retaining Walls

Project finished. Plants ready for transplanting (this is an after picture).

The short cement retaining walls holding back the soil beside the steps (30+ years) had to be replaced. They developed large cracks and were leaning inward.

Just a quick peek at a beautiful rose that bloomed today, Double Delight Hybrid Tea.


Back to the hard work.Tools and supplies were needed as well as shoves, sledge hammer, pry bars, wheel barrow, gloves, scrapers, muscles.

The steps remained and the 'retaining walls' on either side of the steps were demolished and hauled away. Granny Sue reminded me that the 'work' was not done in one day but over several days and the work was not that pleasant.

The plants and a very vintage orange azalea beside the 'job site' had to be removed.

Forms were built for the replacement walls.

Cement was mixed, hauled, poured and leveled.

When the cement was cured the forms were removed, soil around the cement work was leveled, sod was added on the left and gravel on the right. 

The gate was painted and things were back to normal.

My jobs were coordinator, payroll clerk, getting supplies and keeping the workers from rebelling and quitting. I was also the cleanup worker.

The front yard rose bush is in full bloom, surrounded by pale pink and white peonies, last week just a few  buds were opening! The roses are Sunsprite Floibunda.

Thank you for visiting today.



  1. Good job! Oh that last photo is gorgeous!!!

  2. "The retaining walls on either side of the steps were demolished and hauled away." There is a LOT of work in that one sentence. Good job all!

  3. Wow!!! You guys always amaze me with the things y'all do! Talk about Do it yourself-ers!! You ROCK!!!

  4. looks great!
    those roses are absolutely stunning!
    thanx for sharing

  5. Definitely a ton of work. But the finished project looked great. Now you can enjoy it for many years to come.

  6. So much work but it looks perfect now. Enjoy your weekend Joy.

  7. That's a big job Joy. Love your pretty roses! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Wow! What a job! Looks great. Pretty roses.

  9. Your project turned out so pretty. Isn't it nice when you complete a project and it turns out so beautiful. Thank you for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go.

  10. Lots of work but it sure turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's House we go link party!

  11. Wow. Great job. It all looks amazing. Thanks for sharing at Keep In Touch.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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