Building a Stone Mortared Wall Adds Beauty to Your Landscape
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Building a Stone Mortared Wall Adds Beauty to Your Landscape

A stone mortared wall will enhance the curb appeal of your home. You can build a small wall, or you can use stones and mortar to build a raised flower bed.

If you would like to enhance the beauty of your landscape and increase your curb appeal, consider adding a stone mortar wall. The stone wall can be an accent around the perimeter of the lawn, or it can be added around trees for raised flower beds. You could even add a stone mortared wall to the front of your home to add interest and appeal.

Building a Stone Mortared Wall

You don’t have to be a landscaping expert to build your own stone mortared wall, nor do you have to put a lot of expense into it. You do, however, have to be willing to get a little dirty or sweaty. The stones, depending on their size, may be heavy and there is going to be some digging involved.

First, you need to decide where you want to put the stone mortared wall. If you plan to encircle a tree, you will have to have stones designed to make circles and curves. Your local Do-it-Yourself store can help you choose stones that will suit your needs. They may even have an instructional video or a pamphlet to help you.

Why do it yourself? You will save money and there is a sense of pride and accomplishment when you stand back and look at the beauty that you have added to your landscape and curb appeal. This simple task can make your home worth more money. A stone mortared wall may be just what your home needs to attract buyers, if you are trying to sell it.

Curb appeal is a big factor when putting a home on the market. Even if you are not trying to sell your home you will add beauty and value by building a stone mortar wall. It can be as short or as tall as you want it, but remember that the taller it is the more precise the mortaring and stacking will have to be. Even a very short, border stone mortared wall will add a lot of charm to your home.

Choose the Right Stones for Your Wall

Now that you have decided to build a stone mortared wall to enhance your landscaping, you need to choose stones that match your type of home. Smooth grey stones will look well with a modern type home. If our home has more of a traditional look, choose stones that will look like they have been there for decades.

Your local Do-It-Yourself store can help you with those choices as well. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the project, or in mortaring the stone together. It will be a lot like gluing blocks together.

The most critical part of the project is in getting the beginning row of stones perfectly level. That’s where the shoveling comes in. Shovel the dirt where you are placing the stones and use a small level to make sure the line or circle is level. Most suggest laying down a thin layer of concrete for a base. If your stones are not very tall or large, you may not have to do this. The dirt needs to be tamped hard if you decide to forgo the concrete base. When you start layering your stones and spreading the mortar on them to secure them, it is much like icing a cake….spread and stack.

Now that I have you thinking about building a stone mortared wall somewhere on your property, you can go to HGTV.com for some great instructions. Take a look; you’ll see that it is really not all that hard. The curb appeal you will create will be well worth the effort. You'll also enjoy telling people that you built the stone mortared wall yourself!

Source:

http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/mortared-stone-wall/index.html

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Wow!, this was an insightful article. In theory I’d love to blog like this as well - taking the time and real effort to make a decent blog post… but all can I say… I procrastinate too much and never really seem to get something done.

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