Building a dry stacked stone wall is a great way to add some character to your landscape. Dry stacked walls are built without the use of mortar, so they are perfect for do-it-yourselfers.
What’s good about a dry stacked stone wall?
- Dry stacked walls are built without the use of mortar, so they are perfect for do-it-yourselfers.
- Dry stacked walls are much more permeable than mortar walls, allowing water to pass through them and helping to prevent moisture build-up in the wall.
- Dry stacked walls can be built without the use of expensive equipment.
Steps to build a dry stacked stone wall
The following steps will show you how to build a dry stacked stone wall.
- The first step is to select the stones that you will use for your wall. Make sure to choose stones that are of a similar size and shape.
- Once you have selected your stones, it is time to start building the wall. Begin by stacking the stones on top of each other, making sure to create a level surface as you go.
- As you stack the stones, you may need to use smaller pieces of stone to fill in any gaps. This is perfectly normal, and will actually add to the overall strength of the wall.
- Once you have reached the desired height, it is time to finish off the top of the wall. This can be done by capping the stones with a piece of stone or brick, or by simply leaving the top stones stacked in a course (row) formation.
- Allow the wall to cure for 24 hours before walking on it or adding any type of landscaping. This will give the mortar time to set and the wall time to settle into place.