Garden walls add visual appeal to your landscaping space. They can also be used to build raised flower beds or divide sections of your garden. Since having a professional install a stone brick garden wall can be quite expensive, you can save a substantial amount of money by performing the work yourself. Even if you have never built a brick wall before, you can complete this project in the span of a weekend. Learn to build a stone brick garden wall that will improve the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space.
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Things you need
- Wooden stakes
- Dry concrete mix
- Cement trowel
- Construction level
- Stone bricks
- Ready-mix dry cement
- Crushed stone
- Cement jointer
Decide where your wall will stand, and mark the corners with wooden stakes placed 1 inch from each corner. The footer should be 10 to 12 inches wide, and should run the length of the wall. Tie twine between each stake to form an outline of the footer.
Dig the footer 1 foot deep along the entire length of the garden wall. Make sure that the trench is level. Mix concrete and fill the entire trench. Use a trowel to smooth the top of the trench, and a level to make sure the concrete will support a vertical wall. Allow the concrete footer to cure.
Build a dry run of your garden wall by stacking the bricks without mortar. The final height and width of the wall will differ slightly from the dry run. However, this will give you a good idea of what your wall will look like when it is finished.
Mix enough cement to provide mortar for approximately two hours of work. Spread mortar on the foundation with a trowel and lay the first course of stone bricks, adding a 1/4 inch of mortar between each brick. For improved strength, use a double course of bricks, so your wall will be the thickness of two bricks (8 inches).
Spread mortar on top of the first course with a trowel and add another course of bricks. Stagger the bricks so that the centre of each brick rests on the joints of the first course. Continue this process until the wall reaches 4 inches less than the desired height.
Press your thumb into the mixture when the mortar begins to dry. If it holds your thumbprint, then use the jointer tool to smooth out the mortar.
The final course will be the "cap." Turn the bricks so that they cover both widths of the wall. All of the bricks of the top course will face the same direction.
Building a Stone Brick Garden Wall
Tips and warnings
- Use a level after completing each course to ensure that the wall is truly vertical.
- Don't hurry through the process of laying brick courses. If you build the wall too quickly, the mortar may begin to sag, leaving insufficient space between the bricks. This can compromise the structural integrity of your stone brick garden wall.
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