How to Make a STONE WALL
With No Steps Skipped!
by Eileen Anderson
This particular area is on a shady slope where there is water run off.
This would be a perfect spot for a french drain under the stone wall. A french drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock or containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from a house. In this case a french drain was already installed on the other side of the fence. I will talk more about that in a future post.
The materials used in this project are: soil, amended with organic material, a pallet of flat rocks, string, stakes, landscape fabric and gravel or small river stones.
Here we are clearing the area and pushing the dirt back up against the fence while we prepare a trench that will be filled with river stones and provide a solid base for the wall.
This gives you an idea of the shape of the rocks. No cement is used in this project.
This is about 1-2 tons of river stone.
String line is used to keep your wall straight as you build it.
After the 2 foot wide and 1 foot deep trench is dug you lay the landscape fabric down.
Shovel the river stone on top of the fabric making sure it is level.
Start with the first row of stones being careful to follow the string line. The front is important.
The back will be back-filled with dirt.
If you like you can use some masonry mortar in the back but be sure it doesn’t show in front.
The wall is complete here and ready to be back filled with soil.
Shade plants were installed including perennials and annuals for long lasting color. I like to use some cascading vines and plants with interesting foliage and textures.
- Climbing Hydrangea
- Blue Hydrangea
- Day Lilies
- Variegated Hostas
- Blue Hostas
- Potato Vines
- Black Elephant Ears
- Variegated Salomon Seal
Gently hose down the wall to remove dirt.
Level off the soil in front of wall and plant grass seed or stepping stones.
Install your plants, plant some grass seed, water.
I hope you enjoyed the post and please don’t hesitate to call me with questions. Its a cinch. You can do it! Eileen
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