Last summer I did this work
But over the year my wooden wall was evidently not supporting the dirt behind it properly, so I decided to tear it out and make a large stone retaining wall. Right now this is how it looks.
I have a packed and level base of 6 inches of trap rock ready to lay these blocks tomorrow (and probably Sunday). A few more pictures of the blocks. 48 blocks total, 46"x18"x42". And another one, one more.
We get to use this to place them on the ground, since they weigh somewhere between 1500-2000lbs (according to the manufacturer).
Hurricane Sandy seems to have been a good thing for me. Last week they were calling for 20-30% chance of rain here in Michigan (has been raining almost non stop for 3 weeks). I think the Hurricane has helped draw down the colder dry air from the North and now they are calling for 0% and 10% for the next two days. A little colder, 40F, but that's ok.
Seeing those images from Summer of last year and comparing them to Autumn this year... things look so much more green during the summer.
Edited, Oct 26th 2012 9:50pm by TirithRR