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My wife built raised beds using pressure treated 4x4s and rebar, as BrownRedHawk describes. She found it quite straightforward, even without much experience or special tools. This also seems to be a common way for trail crews to shore up steep hiking trails with erosion issues. Tamping the steps' platforms first with a cheap hand tamper would give you a more ...


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For my money, relative ease of installation, and the ability to remove and reinstall, I suggest using pressure treated or landscape timber, approximately 4"x"4" (smaller or larger to preference, budget and aesthetics). Place these on the soil (not on top of the mulch), and secure them by driving a 12-16" piece of rebar through the timber and into the soil. ...


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I would start by forming a series of steps of appropriate size. Each step should be fairly level and compacted. There can be as many as you feel will look balanced. For an relatively easy and quick job I would drive a couple of 3/4 inch galvanizes pipe approx. 16-24 inches (more if needed) into the ground. Spacing depends on the width of you step. Behind ...


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As long as the steps are well drained, you need no foundation. Dig deep enough that you can lay down at least 4 inches of coarse stone (1/2" to 1" in diameter) below and 4 inches of regular gravel (1/4" in diameter) on top of that (round is better than angular, if you can find it). On top of the gravel use an inch of sand. Place the stone slabs overlapping ...



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