Gardening and Landscaping

The way to Landscape using Dry-Stack Retaining Walls

Dry-stack, or dry-stacked, retaining walls are built by stacking stones without using mortar between the stones. They may be used in a landscape to divide a backyard or to add focal points. Any type of stone may be used in a dry-stacked retaining wall, however stones that are somewhat angular work best. Dry-stacked walls shouldn’t be more than about 3 feet tall for safety reasons.

Build a dry-stacked retaining wall to a shaded hillside to create a woodland garden. Make several terraces, keeping the dirt using dry-stacked stones. Plant ferns, impatiens, hostas, bleeding heart, fuchsias or other shade-loving plants on the terraces between the walls. Terraces 18 to 22 inches tall are simple with which to work. Plant along the front of a terrace, and leave paths in the back. Slate or moss rock are particularly appropriate in this place.

Select stones for a dry-stacked retaining wall so they match the design of a garden. A fairly loose arrangement of large river stone and small boulders can be combined to utilize in a dry-stacked retaining wall in a cottage garden. Flat sandstone may be used for a Southwestern look. The stones’ shade should pick up and match other elements of the landscape, such as buildings and paths.

Create a dry-stacked retaining wall using a level top to act as a seating area using large stones. Even though dry-stacked stones aren’t held together by mortar, they can provide sturdy seating if piled solidly. If you have a tall retaining wall, then you could build a brief wall of stone jutting outward from the tall retaining wall; the brief wall could support a stone slab bench, along with the tall wall will act as a back to the bench.

Integrate a dry-stacked retaining wall to the landscape by tucking plants to the spaces between the stones, growing vines that curtain over or climb up the wall and putting shrubs at the wall’s finishes and broadly spaced along the wall. Those techniques make the wall look more like a natural outcropping than a retaining wall. Plants can soften the look of the wall and hide imperfections.

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