Keith Johnson keithdj at mindspring.com
Tue Sep 22 17:26:13 EDT 1998

I'm an editor at the Pc Activist and Pc teacher and previously a landscape contractor who
built a LOT of retaining walls. The best guide I can offer (aside from a lengthy email or
phone consultation) would be to recommend a visit to your nearest mega-hardware store and
look amongst the manuals on various building projects and you will most likely find the
book on retaining walls. I'm sure that Sunset has one among their many manuals. Depending
upon the variety of logs you're dealing with, you will find varying rot rates, some which
are very fast (3-6 yrs) others, like redwood or locust, very slow (15-30 yrs). Good luck
with your project.

Jeffrey Newman wrote:

> I'm looking for advice on building a retaining wall from logs/fallen trees. The bank
> is beside my house and about six feet high. I want to halt erosion and soil flow. Any
> advice or references? I've found a little helpful material in the Permaculture
> manual.
>    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/5759/
> My ICQ number is: 9879310

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