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Dry Stack Stone Landscape Walls

Updated:2013-08-02 16:36:28
Whether you’re trying to create a strong but natural atmosphere or an aura of elegance and dignity, stone walls can play a key role in your landscaping. Many homeowners utilize dry-stacked stone walls in landscaping stone applications such as flowerbed edging, garden enclosures and property entrances. Dry-stacked stone walls are easy to lay and maintain since you can adjust the stones, and the entire wall shifts with the ground when it freezes and thaws. Be prepared for hard manual labor that is directly proportionate to the size of the stone wall you’re planning to lay.
Instructions as follows:
Firstly, select rocks for your landscape walls. According to Charles McRaven, author of “Building Stone Walls,” top rock choices for dry-stacked stone walls include sandstone and limestone. Although you can acquire your stones from a commercial vendor, such as a rock yard, picking stone from your own property can save you a significant amount of money and allows you to create a landscape wall that utilizes native fieldstone, an important consideration for many stone wall enthusiasts.
Secondly, stake the location for your stone landscape walls. Hammer wooden stakes into the ends and corner locations of your proposed stone walls. If your stone wall is going to be curved, use a garden hose to mark the curves and hammer additional stakes every two feet along the curves; this helps you lay the stones in a gradual curve. Run a string between stakes; the string marks the front edge of your dry-laid stone wall.
Thirdly, prepare footers for your dry-stacked stone walls. Dig a six- to eight-inch-deep trench along the entire length of twine with a spade or shovel. Determine the width of your trench based on the height of your stone wall, allowing one inch of width for every inch of height. In other words, if your stone wall is going to be 30 inches tall, it’ll have to be at least 30 inches wide as well, in order to maximize the strength of the wall. Make sure the front edge of your footer extends to about six inches beyond the line of twine.
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