A rock wall can be a long lasting distinctive addition to any garden or yard. River rocks are hardly uniform but that doesn t mean you can t find rocks that are better suited to your project.
Constructing a wall is backbreaking work but the results will be a structure that will for last for generations.
How to build a river rock wall. Prepare the footing photo by russell kaye. Build the layers of stones along the wall always starting at one corner and moving horizontally across. Line it with landscape fabric overlapped 12 inches at the seams add a 6 inch layer of inch stone and tamp it.
Once the foundation has been dug use your rack to smooth out the bottom of your trench. Dry stone walls are methodically stacked rock structures that can be damaged by people animals and weather. Junk rock or brick for your foundation once you determine the width of your rock wall.
A river rock wall adds character to any landscape and will help define property lines. Dig our foundation twice as wide and 1 2 feet deep depending on how high you are planning on building your rock wall. If any of the lath is visible at the top apply a thin layer of grout to hide it.
Here are a few simple tips to build a functional and lasting retaining wall with river rocks or stones. Though it can be hard work building a rock wall is well worth the effort whether it will be used as a retaining wall foundation or garden fence. Choose the right rocks.
How to build a rock retention wall. Some good tips about making rock walls that will help build your confidence. A rock retaining wall adds a bit of rustic charm to your landscape while allowing you to curb erosion problems you might have from a steep slope.
How to build a rock wall 1. New videos added march 2018 much more detail in the masonry playlist at https. Once built you ll have a rock solid retaining wall without all the heavy mortar lines.
Dry stacking with no mortar is the quickest method to build a rock wall but it won t last. After you have completed building the wall of river rock wipe away any excess mortar with the damp cloth. Dig a trench that s below the frost line and 2 feet wider than the wall.