Landscape Design forum: Landscape design of the yard

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Jun 30, 2020 7:04 AM CST
Good afternoon, folks! Can you give me a hint, please? There was a need to create a beautiful back yard design. Long thought about how to do the right thing and watched many different sites for this service (chose this one). But maybe I can do it myself?
I need to make a retaining wall and a beautiful flowerbed. About the flowerbed, I understand that there is nothing difficult, but there may be problems with the retaining wall.

Maybe somebody knows about this and will help? Thank you! Hurray!

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Name: Amanda
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Jun 30, 2020 6:05 PM CST
Could you post some pictures of the area and what you are wanting where? Hard to give ideas without pictures sometimes.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Jun 30, 2020 9:49 PM CST
How high , how long, what size blocks, type of soil...?

Jul 2, 2020 7:29 AM CST
Good afternoon! Here we have made a lawn and we want to make a retaining wall on the back platform (you can see a wooden fence in the photo). It's about 5 meters in area.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Jul 4, 2020 10:35 PM CST
I see a flat lawn, and a patio.
Where do you want to put a retaining wall, for what reason?
What is it holding back?
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Jul 5, 2020 6:13 AM CST
Everyone wants more info to better help you, which makes sense. I'm not as smart as they are so am going to wade in with both feet and make an alternate suggestion. I will start by saying that I think you mean to build a flower bed at the far end of your garden as represented in the photo; essentially where your garden terminates at the slatted fence.

Unless there is a particular need to build a raised 'box' behind a retaining wall I would consider simply building a mounded bed. If you removed the lawn from the area -which mightn't be too difficult (it appears as if you have recently installed sod) and mounded appropriate soil/compost mix you could plant directly.

Because wood in contact with soil always eventually degrades I would first determine the depth of the bed (that is the distance from the back fence forward into the garden) that I wanted and then leave the soil at its current height at the back and sides and gently slope to your desired height...the mounded soil needn't be very deep to get the impression of a change in elevation if planted well. Then I would plant at the base of the fence whatever I liked that would cover the fence (climbing or vining plant(s) perhaps, or tall narrow hedging plants), then mixed border planting including your desired flowers in the 'raised section, tapering back down to lower growing edging plants at the front. If you 'need' definition at the front edge you could then easily terminate in a stone border, or other of your liking.
You could make quite an impact with a wide range of plants in even that narrow (5 meters/16 feet side-to-side) bed if you gave yourself adequate depth (front-to-back) of planting ... and a lot easier than constructing a retaining wall.
All, of course, assumes there is no real reason that you haven't shared for constructing a retaining wall.
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Jul 5, 2020 11:25 AM CST
A terraced slope with a 'u' shaped or straight walkway with plant beds on sides.
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