Begin building the wall by setting corner stones (those with a 90-degree corner) at either end of the wall and on both sides of the granite steps. Start setting face stones (those with a flat face) between the corner stones. Every three or four feet, lay a tie-back stone (flat, long and heavy) to provide additional stability. Continue laying corner and face stones to build up the wall until desired height is almost reached. Regularly check that the wall is plumb. For the final course use cap…

How to Build a Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall

Begin building the wall by setting corner stones (those with a 90-degree corner) at either end of the wall and on both sides of the granite steps. Start setting face stones (those with a flat face) between the corner stones. Every three or four feet, lay a tie-back stone (flat, long and heavy) to provide additional stability. Continue laying corner and face stones to build up the wall until desired height is almost reached. Regularly check that the wall is plumb. For the final course use cap…

Beautiful retaining wall and steps.(bh)

dry stacked stone wall and steps. I really have a thing for beautifully dry stacked stone! M&S really like this look for the set of steps qt side of house

Undulating retaining wall

Undulating retaining wall - so much better than those ridged corners of a standard wall

Build a Garden Edge        Dry stack edges are a great way to deal with gardening on a terraced site or hillside. In this garden, medium-sized pieces of flat stone fit securely together to prevent shifting. But since there's no mortar between the stone, plants may grow between cracks and excess water easily drains.

A Dozen Dry Stack Wall Ideas

Build a Garden Edge. In this garden, medium-sized pieces of flat stone fit securely together to prevent shifting. But since there's no mortar between the stone, plants may grow between cracks and excess water easily drains.

How to Build a Dry Stone Wall

How to Build a Dry Stone Wall

How to Lay Irish Stone Walls

GREAT DIXTER an ENGLISH GARDEN

GREAT DIXTER an ENGLISH GARDEN

How to Make a Pebble Mosaic--This is a really clear tutorial.

How to Make a Pebble Mosaic

How to Make a Pebble Mosaic tutorial: Step spreading topping mix over the pebble mosaic. Photo by Kolin Smith

dry stack stone wall

I like these thinner slabs of stone for dry stacking.

Tips for building dry laid stone retaining walls that last

Tips for building dry laid stone retaining walls that last

Loose-Stone Retaining Wall - Tame a slope with a terrace of loose-stone retaining walls. Sedimentary flat stones, such as ashlar and flagstone, are among the easiest to use when building a wall of this type. Unlike other types of retaining walls, stacked-stone walls don't need drainage systems because water escapes naturally through cracks between the stones.  BHG.com

Stone Wall Ideas

Loose-Stone Retaining Wall-Tame a slope with a terrace of loose-stone retaining walls. Sedimentary flat stones, such as ashlar and flagstone, are among the easiest to use when building a wall of this type.

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