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Alternatives to a Landscape Stone Wall

Updated:2013-08-09 16:14:37
A landscaping stone wall is not only a stunning addition to a property line, it adds a measure of value to a home’s worth. Whether it is secured with mortar or securely stacked, a stone wall sharply defines your home’s front lawn. It can create terraces for gardening while replacing old shrubs or grass as a means of preventing erosion. There are, however, alternatives to stone walls. If you are set on erecting a wall for landscaping purposes, consider a brick wall or a timber retaining wall as a viable alternative to stone, but keep in mind, there are some pros and cons for each type.
Cost—Standard dressed bricks typically cost between 25 cents and $1 each depending on the style. Building blocks or cinderblocks cost even less. These are not quite as attractive as the familiar red mason bricks, but they can often be used as the foundation of support underneath a layer or red bricks.
Portability—Since bricks are small and relatively lightweight, they are extremely portable. Several hundred can fit into a hatchback passenger car–even more in a light pickup truck.
Creativity—Brickwork lends itself to creative designs. Because they are smaller than sandstone slabs, they are easier to work with, letting you be quite creative with the wall’s layout. Plus, you have several shapes and tones to choose from.
Disadvantages
Workload—Mixing and applying mortar, laying out the brick in a pattern that is both consistent and strong, and the use of foundational support are all things you will have to contend with. Depending on the size of the stone wall, it may take you several full days to complete it.
Water Absorption—More than likely there will be several cubic yards of dirt right up against one side of the wall, and so the threat of water saturation should be taken seriously. Look into brick wall lining to keep water out.


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