Garden Walls: Use Stone Retaining Walls in Landscaping Plans

Garden Walls: Use Stone Retaining Walls in Landscaping Plans

garden-wallsWhen it comes to creating a beautiful and functional outdoor living space, garden walls can help you to achieve both. In fact, adding stone retaining walls can help you to create a gorgeous backdrop for your garden, create added privacy where it is needed and help you to partition off the various areas of your backyard. A natural wall stone material or a manufactured stone product can be used to create the look, feel, texture and color that you desire to help add a touch of elegance to your outdoor project.

Garden walls are a popular project for Pawtucket homeowners and, in fact, are being built frequently throughout the South Coast region. The look and appearance of the natural wall stone or manufactured stone product can be used to enhance any outdoor living space, from outdoor kitchens and living rooms to dining areas and recreational spaces. Whatever your goals are with your outdoor project, consider how stone retaining walls can help to define the area or create a provide space.

Things to Consider Before Building Garden Walls
Before you begin building garden walls with natural wall stone or manufactured stone materials, you will want to do a bit of planning and measuring to make sure that the finished results are what you were hoping to achieve.

Tip #1 – Utilities
Check with the local utility companies and have them come out and mark all of the lines and cables that run through your property so you won’t accidentally dig them up when you are building your stone retaining walls or other parts of your outdoor living space project.

Tip #2 – Property Line
If you will be building along a previously unfenced edge of your property, you will want to double check with your local municipality to make sure where your property line lies. Building where you “assume” the line is at can be quite costly if you are forced to take it down and start all over again because of an inch or two mistake.

Tip #3 – Drainage
Make sure to consider how the water drainage situation is in the space where you want to build your natural wall stone garden walls. This is important to ensure that the landscaping plants you place there will be able to retain and get enough moisture and to make sure that water doesn’t pool there or cause damages that could cause other problems and issues.

Tip #4 – Sloping
Make sure that garden beds slope away from the house. If you have a downspout in the area, make sure that it runs into a drywell or some other type of residential drainage solution to prevent flooding. Double-check sprinkler lines before and after you build your garden walls to make sure that you don’t cause any new flooding issues.

Tip #5 – Soil
The quality of the soil that you will use in your new garden area within your outdoor living space is also very important. If you naturally have sandy soil that drains well, chances are you might not have to do much to improve the quality of the soil. However, if you are in an area of Pawtucket that has a high content of clay in your soil, you will want to mix in some sandy loam soil, compost or other materials to help improve the drainage and nutrients.

Tip #6 – Foundation
Make sure to have a good, level, firm foundation or base before you begin building your stone retaining walls or garden walls in your outdoor living space. Some people prefer to create a level foundation from concrete, but for most low garden walls used in an outdoor living space, you only need to dig a shallow trench and fill it with crushed or smooth stone that is between a quarter of an inch and an inch in diameter, about two to three inches thick.

Where to Get Materials for Building Garden Walls in Pawtucket
If you are interested in building stone retaining walls, garden walls or garden spaces in the Pawtucket, Rhode Island area, then look no further than J&J Materials. We have a wide variety of natural wall stone and manufactured stone materials that will help you build these projects and a host of other outdoor living space hardscaping elements.

CT Fieldstone and Meadow Wall
One of the products that we sell that are specifically for building garden walls are Connecticut Fieldstone and Meadow Wall. Both of these manufactured products look just like natural fieldstone, helping you to create beautiful looking corners with a three-side finish. These products make it very easy to garden edgers, walls, piers and other outdoor living space projects.

Colors vary between blue, blue variegated and tan. The products allow you to build a 27 inch high by 21 inch square pier using just 24 blocks. This helps you to create a great-looking finished product in just a fraction of the time that it would take you to create traditional garden walls using natural wall stone and other natural products. The blocks can be easily tied together using wall adhesive or mortar and can even be cut with a skill saw.

Visit J&J Materials at one of our Southeastern Massachusetts locations. Our delivery range extends throughout the South Coast region, including all of Rhode Island. Choose from a wide variety of natural wall stone materials and manufactured materials to build garden walls, stone retaining walls and just about any other type of project for your outdoor living space.

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