Retaining Wall Materials.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by MowingisMaddness, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. MowingisMaddness

    MowingisMaddness LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Hey All,

    What are some alternatives to interlocking stones when building small retaining walls? I have used 25 lb and 75 lb interlocking stones and really want to do some new things. However, I am having a hard time getting information. The guys here at my stone provider aren’t real helpful. When I ask them they talk about different types of flagstone that they carry, but don’t offer a lot of insight on construction. I have done limited work using flagstone as edging, but no planters or walls. I guess you can dry stack small planters, but not walls. So that means you must mortar flagstone retaining(under 3 ft) walls? Back to the question:

    1)What are some materials other than interlocking stones for small retaining walls and planters.

    2)Could you explain a little about the construction of the wall using those materials?

    Thanks, aj
  2. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    You can dry stack a natural stone wall......just has to have the proper batter aprox 1" for 1' of elevation....personbally i wouldnt go dry stack for a retainer just for garden walls. as far as materials i use penn rounds, field stone rounds, moss rock, colonial thins, and irregular flags.

  3. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    This is where you can be creative and experiment with new things!
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    what is "batter"? the amount of how far the first layer is underground?
  5. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Batter is the vertical set back of the face.... that's not real clear is it?

    Ex. Allan Block and other split face blocks are 8" or so high. There is a lip on the front of each block for the next course. Each course sets back about 1" beyond the course below it.

    Make sense?
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    very clear. thanx

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