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velosow

10:05AM | 04/21/00
Member Since: 04/20/00
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I'd like to build a raised planting bed about 1-1&1/2 feet tall using fieldstone. Has anyone done this and have advice on how to do it?

How do I figure the amount of stone I'd need?
Do I need to prepare a foundation?

lorie

03:31AM | 08/11/00
Member Since: 07/31/00
3 lifetime posts
Hello Velosow, I've used field stone in much of my landscaping (sidewalk, flowerbed wall, patio deck) but built a smaller wall than what you are attempting. None the less, I will share how I went about mine and perhaps some of the info may be helpful.
Directions for a 10" flowerbed wall:
1.You will want to prepare your area by removing all of the sod. (make your grooves and turns that you want your wall to follow while doing this first step.)
2.Measure the width that you want to allow for your flower beds & add approx. 12" for the wall and another 8-10" approx. for a shallow layer of landscaping gravel. (this will allow you to run the wheel of your lawnmower over your grass without disturbing your wall.)
3.Place a layer of the weed/grass barrier fabric over this entire area you have just prepared. (may want to dig a shallow trench for your first layer of field stone to lay snug but make sure you place the field stone on top of the weed barrier)
4.Choose flat rocks (as much as possible) for your first layer and follow your curves for the entire area. (You will want to devote as much time to choosing this first row of rocks and laying them in several ways to see what gives the best fit)Remember to leave the 10" area next to the grass for your pea-gravel. This will make mowing much easier.
5.Return to the first stone you placed and start with your second layer. You will want to overlap the cracks (like laying bricks) to give the best foundation. (You will want to try several different stones and turn them all ways to get the effect you desire.
(This was the technique I used for a 2 or 3 layer fieldstone wall.)
For your higher wall, you will want to build the area up behind the wall and use the soil to help support your wall. I have no experience with this but do know of someone who does, so will attempt to get additional advice for you and post it in the near future. Best of luck!
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