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What you need:
  • String
  • Wooden stakes
  • Shovel
  • Rubber mallet
  • Stones
First, run a string line. You will use the string line as a reference point while building the wall. Dig a trench behind the line that is 4-6" deep and as wide as your largest stone.
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Start placing stones along the string line. Use the largest stones available for the first row.
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Once you have the first row in place, start adding medium and small stones to the wall. You may need to use a rubber mallet to secure the stones in place.
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Backfill soil against the stones in stages, compacting as you go. The soil line should be level with the top of the wall when you are finished.
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The finished wall can be used as a raised flowerbed, to terrace your lawn, or simply as a retaining wall. Try interplanting different groundcover plants into the spaces in the wall. After they fill out, they will create a natural, rustic effect.