When we built our home 8 years ago we had a concrete retaining wall poured when the basement walls went up. I always had plans for that wall (anyone who knows me knows I can't just leave it a plain concrete retaining wall, that would be a crime). It took me nearly 6 years, probably closer to 7 to get to it, but plans none the less.
Here's a look at my wall before I got started:
This was a work in progress, I began by adding trees with a vertical concrete mix that I have used for other carving projects (here's my first retaining wall project with the mix) and I did a scratch coat for some rocks, I changed my mind on the rocks and never finished them. When I say work in progress I'm not kidding. I think it sat like this for a couple years before I got back to it again.
The water is not completely done here but pretty close:
Once I got the water in, I moved on to the greenery for the trees! I found an inexpensive mosaic glass tile at Home Depot with a variety of green, blue and white tiles. Perfect! I cut it into odd shapes, trying to keep it going in a linear fashion and lathered it up, sticking it on the wall sporadically, cleaning up excess mortar as I went.
This was my last large project in the landscaping around here. Last year flew by and I had trouble finding time to maintain my gardens much less add anything new. I still have friends saving glass bottles for a fence of some kind and plastic water bottles for a kid's playhouse in the woods. I really can't wait to get to those projects. I also have a walkway planned that I would love to get to this year. Now, if you've followed along with my landscaping adventures you know that to-do list is really the exact same list I've had for a couple years now. Maybe, just maybe, I can get something accomplished this time. Weirder things have happened!
What are you working on for this season, anything fun?