Asked on Aug 10, 2018

How can I fix my rocks?

Piet02chEd.33807647Nancy
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How can I update a rock retaining wall in my backyard and stay sane during the process ☺️

Growing out of control.

The rocks fall our when it freezes and thaws.

7 answers
  • Oh my! Not sure if this is a DIY or not. First you need to expose the rock retaining wall. In order to do that, you need to kill off all the overgrown vegetation first. I see it gets nice sun, white vinegar will do the trick and be environmentally friendly and safe for pets, kids and wildlife. Get a pump sprayer and Saturate the area well. Since it is overgrown, might take several applications. Once the grasses and weeds start dying, pull out the dead bits carefully. Then see what you have to work with. You might be able to cement them back in place, but I would consult with a stone mason just to be sure.

  • Johnavallance82
    Johnavallance82
    on Aug 11, 2018

    Hello Kari,

    Well if you are not bothered about any plants you may have there, spray it with weed killer, but remember to protect surrounding areas.

  • Joanna - Gingham Gardens
    Joanna - Gingham Gardens
    on Aug 11, 2018

    Hi Kari, we had a similar situation with an overgrown tiered garden area at our fixer upper home. Your project will be lots of work, but just get in there and start cleaning. Once it’s done, you’ll be so happy you did the work. If you’re interested, you can read about our project here. https://ginghamgardens.com/2017/07/16/tiered-garden-makeover/

    Good luck!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    on Aug 11, 2018

    How lucky for you! These stone walls can be historical. So it is definitely worth the clean-up. Use the vinegar spray and just keep pulling. If you do need to need to make them stick use an adhesive rather than cement as it will eventually dry out and crack and become another problem.

  • Ed.33807647
    Ed.33807647
    on Aug 12, 2018

    Its been neglected for a while, the best thing you can do is make it a project, so, strip and clean all the plants, weed and soil from the wall face and rock joints, give it a good clean and re-furbish it to its former status. Mortar in joints to prevent any further weed/plant growth. If you do the latter, you will be pleased with the outcome. All other recommendations are only temporary fixes.

  • Piet02ch
    Piet02ch
    on Aug 12, 2018

    Hola. I'm from Switzerland.

    If this wall is on your property and you are the owner, then there is only one way and it is not over the weekend.

    1. There is literature about natural stone walls. (at least for us).

    2. Drawing how to do it.

    I made a lot of such natural stone walls. If there is a lot of rain, it is advantageous if a drainage pipe is installed behind the lost property.

    If you have further questions. P.Roediger@bluewin.ch

    Greetings Peter

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