Earth Bag Walls?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by livingreen1, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. livingreen1

    livingreen1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Anyone have any expereince with buiding earth bag walls? I have been asked to look in to it for a community we service. Looking for info. Thanks
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    What is the purpose for the wall???

    If it's simple retention for a short period of time it might work.

    A well built retaining wall with block will last as long as the concrete blocks. A earth bag wall will only last as long as the bags.

    I was doing some reading on the bags, and they said to use good polypropylene bags. I don't know about you, but I've never seen plastic last any longer than a couple of years exposed to the elements, and burlap just breaks down.

    Is your customer trying to be green?? If so, plastic bags aren't a good choice.
  3. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    the poly bags will work only if they are covered with an exterior covering--something like mud. The only place I've read of people using them is in building earthen-wall homes.

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