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How to Build a Dry Stone Wall

A dry-stone wall stands the test of time.

2. Add fabric and backfill, then build
2. Add fabric and backfill, then build
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Tuck geotextile landscape fabric in behind the first course, fold it over the rocks, shovel in backfill and tamp soil by pounding with a post or plate compactor. Repeat this entire process after each course. TIP: If the site is wet, lay a length of agricultural pipe behind the base stone so that any water will be diverted to an exit point.

Next, build with wall stone. Lay the fabric back against the slope and set the wall stone courses. Each course should be wider than the previous one. Three courses are shown here. TIP: It’s best to complete an entire course before moving on to the next (see Diagram 2).



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