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Garden retaining wall - timber sleepers deteriorating

Hi All, I live near High Wycombe and have a retaining wall between the patio next to the house and the rockery stepping down to a lower level of the garden. The retaining wall is made of timber sleepers (vertical sections) which are showing signs of splitting and possible some rot. In one or two of them it has become somewhat hollow. There are no signs of cracks or shift on the patio- which is good. Just need advice on how best to have this looked at, treated and then the timber protected to avoid further damage. Welcome any input on this. Thanks.

2 Answers from MyBuilder Landscape Gardeners

It's a hard question to answer without a visual. A retaining wall is designed to retain (usually a substantial weight) behind it. If the retaining wall is showing signs of weakness then my advise would be to replace the structure. Railway sleepers can be picked up pretty cheap so my thoughts are that this wouldn't be a costly job. Like I said, it's really hard to advise without a photo, and the structure may not be retaining a great deal of weight, so maybe a wood treatment and some pinning of some description may be possible. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Regards, Finn.


Answered 7th Oct 2018

As said previously it is extremely difficult to give accurate advice without seeing the job. My advice would be to replace any rotting timber with new. Depending on budget maybe be worth looking at a brick wall or ballast boards depending on height.




Answered 14th Oct 2018

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