You're About to Be Obsessed With This Sloped Yard Idea

Alicia W
by Alicia W
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Looking for a unique design element for your landscape? This stone wall will add beauty and function. Watch the video below to see how!

I have a sloping front yard and for years I wanted to put in a retaining wall but there was always something else that needed to be done. I decided this year the wall was going at the top of the list.

I honestly never thought my sloped yard could look this good. I've been sharing this idea with friends, because I know so many people that really hate their sloped yards and feel limited by their gardening options. No more! This was quick, easy, and really inexpensive as far as landscaping projects go.

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Start by removing any plants where you wall will be placed.

To make the wall level, began at the top of the slope which for us this was at the walkway to our front door. Put a stick into the ground and run a piece of string from the top of the slop to the point at the bottom of the slope where you want to place the wall.
At the bottom of the slope using another stick, mark where one post would be placed and attach the string to this stick.Place a string level on the string to find the point where it was level from the top of the slope to the bottom.Our posts were 4' apart. Mark each post spot with another stick and run a string from stick to stick to find the level measurement.
Measure and cut each post.
Dig 12" holes for each post and add paver base or crushed stone to the bottom of the hole.Place the post in the hole and fill it with crushed stone 3/4 of the way up.Using a larger level, make sure the post was straight and pack the stone around each post.
Dig the next post hole 12" deep and add crushed stone. Place the post into the ground and using the first post as a guide, the second post is leveled using string and a string level. Continue to level each post in this manner.
After each post was set and the holes are filled with crushed stone, place quick setting concrete into each hole. Fast setting concrete is really easy to use. You dump the dry concrete into the hole, pack it down and spray water on top.
After the concrete was set, roll poultry wire along the front of the entire length of the wall and cut to size.
If the wire fence was bigger than the posts, excess wire was cut off to make it more manageable. Flip the fence around so the cut edge is along the ground. Align the top of the wire fence with the top of each post.After the front of the fence was complete, run the poultry wire along the back of the posts, cutting it to size.
Attached the wire poultry fence to each post using poultry net staples.
After the front of the fence was complete, run the poultry fence along the opposite side of the posts making the back. Cut the poultry fence and attach to the back side of each post.
Place river stone between the front and back of the poultry fence. The plants that were removed were replanted, mulch was added and now I have the wall that I had been wanting for so many years.

In case you scrolled right past it, the after picture is in the video at the top of the page! Enjoy :)
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  • Joanne C. Wanciak Joanne C. Wanciak on Aug 11, 2017

    What is gabion ? I have a slope under my deck that needs to be beautified LOL .

  • Tas29650632 Tas29650632 on Sep 26, 2017

    I love this project. I have an excess of chain link fencing, could this fencing material be uses instead of the fencing material mention in your project?

  • Zachary perry Zachary perry on Jul 06, 2020

    I’m literally doing this exact project due to your video, quick question. Did you ever have a problem with drainage ?

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  • Karen Riemersma Karen Riemersma on Jul 30, 2017

    I solved our slope under the deck using similar idea. Used gabion walls with wood caps. All made by me with some heavy lifting and excavating by hubby. I made the gabion walls with sheep/goat panels instead of buying the kits.

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    • Tas29650632 Tas29650632 on Sep 26, 2017
      I Love the finished product. I have an excess of chain link fence, do you think that I can use this fencing material.... I LOVE your
  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Aug 04, 2017

    I just love gabion retainer walls! Amazing job!