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Garden wall help please

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by TPS, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 363

    Can someone give me the basics of a simple garden wall? Only need about a foot high. Is it all just dry stacked? Also, is renting a saw the easiest and cheapest way to cut the block. Just using cheap block from home depot or lowes on this one to learn. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cgll1135

    cgll1135 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    what do you mean by a "garden" wall?
     
  3. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 363

    Just a basic wall bordering a garden. Similiar to a very small retaining wall, but will not be holding back weight or have any structual purpose. Just for cosmetics. Like edging, but out of wall block about a foot high, 3 rows or so.
     
  4. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    ya just rent a diamond blade saw it works fine, Yes all the rows are dry stacked but the cap stones are glued on.
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  5. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    TPS, it depends on the wall block you are using as to the correct installation procedure. The important part is a well compacted level base. The block can be dry stacked or glued and looks especially nice if a cap is installed to finish off the look. If you need to set the wall for grade differences, you must also step the base to keep the wall level.

    The blocks can be cut with a hammer and chisel, or any type of saw with a masonry or diamond blade. A gas powered cutoff saw with a diamond blade will make quick work of any cuts, but it will cost you a rental fee for the saw and the wear on the blade.

    Kirk
     
  6. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 363

    Thanks for the tips. It will all be one level, and only about 12' long on each side of the steps. Nothing nearly as big as what you have pictured. Any idea on the depth of the base for south jersey? Thanks again.
     
  7. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    TPS< 6" deep, about a foot wide, with lot's of hand tamping. When you think you have done enough, do it one more time. I'm thinking you are not going to rent, or really need a plate compactor.

    Check a local paver dealer. you maybe able to get a similar, but better product at a reasonable price.

    Where in NJ are you?

    Kirk
     
  8. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 363

    Im in Camden county. I will compact by hand. It's a really small job and a first for me. Just want to do it right the first time. Thanks for all the advice.
     
  9. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    TPS, I am also in Camden County. If you need any help or additional information, feel free to contact me.

    It is important to follow the correct procedures, no matter how small or large the job is to be successful and sustainable. You may want to check with the folks at Hilltop Block on the Black Horse Pike for excellent product selection and good pricing. They will have all the materials you will need to perform a quality job.

    Kirk
     
  10. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 363

    Thanks for all the help dreams. Do you do installs as well? Or just designs? Thanks.
     

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