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LIQUID NAILS Adhesive Provides Tips on Creating the Perfect Garden Retaining Wall

Backyards often represent a little bit of paradise just past the sliding glass door. They are where homeowners spend long summer days swinging in hammocks and entertaining friends with barbecues and volleyball.

One way to enhance the beauty and functionality of a backyard is to install a garden retaining wall. These low retaining walls provide aesthetic covers for slopes while helping to keep soil in place, preventing erosion. They also provide attractive places for plants and shrubs to grow and additional seating options for social gatherings.

Whether doing it yourself or calling in a professional, it’s important to know the benefits that adhesives provide to retaining wall projects.

Benefits of Adhesives
Latex subfloor adhesive is used to lock landscape materials into a single, unified structure. When adhesive is added as a fastening mechanism, a flexible bond is created that will withstand seasonal movement and temperature extremes. This helps with the longevity of the wall.    

LIQUID NAILS® Brand provides a subfloor adhesive formulated for demanding projects. This versatile adhesive bridges gaps, provides 10 minutes working time to allow for position changes, and produces a long-term, durable, flexible and impact-resistant bond. It also contains antioxidants, which provide for long-term performance.

“LIQUID NAILS Brand Subfloor Adhesive has exceptional holding power, is excellent at gap filling, can handle extreme weather conditions and is waterproof and weatherproof,” said Mike Goldstein, senior brand manager for LIQUID NAILS Adhesive. “Using subfloor adhesive is an inexpensive way to provide long-lasting durability when building a retaining wall.”

The adhesive, available in 28 fl. oz. and 10 fl. oz. sizes, is available at home improvement stores nationwide.

How to Use Adhesive
Before beginning the project, make sure the surface is clean, dry and structurally sound. Note that the use of adhesive to bond wall elements is suitable only for wall heights of three feet or less. Higher walls require professional engineering design and the use of mortar.

Adhesives and caulk guns can seem intimidating, but Goldstein says they shouldn’t be. “You just need to cut the nozzle at a 45-degree angle and puncture the inner seal with a nail or wire. After that you’re ready to apply two ¼-inch beads to each piece that needs to be bonded, one near the front and one near the back. It’s that easy.”

Other Tips
When building a retaining wall, a trench will need to be dug in order to anchor the structure. Call the federally-mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number 811, or visit to ensure utility lines aren’t in the way.

Pick stones that are flat on the top and bottom. Heavy stones help provide more force against the wet soil that will be pushing against the wall. To increase longevity, create a base that is roughly half the wall’s height.

Ensure that the stones are level throughout the project. Once the stones are laid, place landscaping fabric behind the wall. This keeps soil from filtering through the stones.

What You’ll Need
While at the store, make sure to pick up:

  • subfloor adhesive
  • caulk gun
  • utility knife (for cutting the tip of the adhesive)
  • rubber gloves and safety goggles
  • rags and water (for adhesive clean up)
  • shovel
  • level
  • gravel (for backfill and drainage)
  • landscape fabric
  • stones
  • wheelbarrow

To learn more about the many uses for LIQUID NAILS Brand extreme temperature Subfloor & Deck Construction Adhesive, check out the product video at

About LIQUID NAILS® Adhesive
Since 1962, the LIQUID NAILS adhesive brand has offered a full-line of construction adhesives and caulks to do-it-yourselfers and professionals. Part of AkzoNobel and its U.S. Decorative Paints business, LIQUID NAILS is available in home improvement retail stores and commercial distributor locations nationwide. For more information, visit the Web site at or contact the help line at 1-800-634-0015.

About AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel is proud to be one of the world’s leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals - 2009 revenue totaled €13.9 billion. In fact, we are the largest global paints and coatings company. As a major producer of specialty chemicals we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for life’s essentials. We think about the future, but act in the present. We’re passionate about introducing new ideas and developing sustainable answers for our customers. That’s why our 57,000 employees - who are based in more than 80 countries - are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

About AkzoNobel’s U.S. Decorative Paints Business (Akzo Nobel Paints LLC)
Within its U.S. paints business, Akzo Nobel Paints LLC produces a portfolio of well respected brands, including Glidden, Glidden Professional, The Freshaire Choice, Ralph Lauren Paint, Devoe and Martha Stewart Living paints; Flood, Sikkens and Synteko wood care products; plus Liquid Nails adhesives and caulks. Products are sold through company stores, national/retail outlets, distributors and independent dealers in the United States and Puerto Rico and are exported internationally.

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Katie Greenwald
Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc.
Assistant Account Manager


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