Excavate to a depth of 6 inches along the entire base of the stone retaining wall using the string marker as a guide for dry stack walls the base should be as wide as the wall is tall for this 18 inch high wall the footing should be at least 18 inches wide use a hand or power tamper to level the base. Make your wall siting height the ideal height for a dry stacked retaining wall is 18 to 22 inches so you can sit on it when your gardening chores are done even if you dont plan to sit on your wall 3 feet is about as high as i would recommend building any dry stacked wall higher walls should be engineered for stability using your . How to build a dry stack stone wall building a dry stacked stone wall in your garden area is an easy way to incorporate dimension and architecture into the existing landscaping rocks can be purchased at local landscape retail centers or can be collected from local creek beds. Dry stone retaining walls in new england dry stone walls of colonial times are still existent in the countryside while their mortared counterparts disintegrated long ago this age old form of construction brought with the colonists from england is more than just a building trade it is an art known as dry walling
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