How to Build a Boundary Wall

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How to Build a Boundary Wall
Down the Driveway (Illustrations by Michael Straessle)

Boundary walls can add beauty to property and play a huge role in increasing its value. You can choose from a lot of different building materials for a boundary wall. A wall made of flat granite stones is just one example that would be both enduring and beautiful. This type of wall is also great for marking property boundaries.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Wood stakes
  • Florescent string
  • Red flags
  • Granite stone
  • Wheelbarrow (optional)
  • Shovel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drive stakes in the ground every 6 or 8 feet to lay out the proposed boundary wall. To simplify the installation, use uniform stones (same size and shape). Be sure to check city ordinances for building restrictions, and check for possible underground pipes and wires.

  2. 2

    Tie a string around the first stake and loop it around the rest of them until you come to the last one, where you will tie the string off. The string serves two purposes: to keep the boundary wall straight and to keep the granite stones level.

  3. 3

    Place the first row of granite stone on the ground. This is the most important row, as it will support the rows above it. Stagger the next row about half a stone. For example, if the stones are 12 inches wide, start the row above it 6 inches from the end of the last row. Repeat this process until the boundary wall is the desired height.

  4. 4

    Cut the stones to fill in the 6-inch areas at the ends of each row. See "Cutting Stone" in the Resources section of this article to learn tips and tricks to cut stone.

Tips and warnings

  • Dig only if the contour of the ground makes it impossible for the stones to lie flat on each other. See "Building a Dry Stone Wall" in the Resources section of this article.
  • Keep in mind that it will be difficult to make the rows even if you are using natural stones.
  • Carry the stone in a wheelbarrow to avoid injury.
  • Boundary walls can be constructed using other materials such as 1-by-6 wood pickets, landscape timbers and brick.
  • Do not leave hand tools unattended in the presence of children.
  • Always tie red flags on the string to avoid injury from tripping over it.

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