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

$75
2 Days
Medium
Looking for a unique design element for your landscape? This stone wall will add beauty and function. Watch the video below to see how!

BEFORE:
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. Watch the video below to see the after!
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.

AFTER:

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  • Froggie Bellonio Froggie Bellonio on Jul 25, 2017
    Could this also be a solution for a yard that slopes to the front? I am sure it would take more dirt.

  • Melissa Braaten Melissa Braaten on Aug 07, 2017
    I want to do this, but we looked at our local place that sells stones, sand, bark etc. but the stone they carry seems either too big or too small and none had the pretty colors. Any idea approximate size of the stones?

  • Tas29650632 Tas29650632 on Sep 25, 2017
    I love this project, but wanted to know if I can use the excess chain link fencing instead of the wire fencing material mentioned in your project? I have a lot of chain link fencing. Thoughts please. Also, what are the name of the plants shown in the picture, I would like to use small one in front of the fence. Love this idea.

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  • Donna Marie Ledington Donna Marie Ledington on Jul 31, 2017
    Beautiful!! We plan to do this in our front flower bed as well. I've been researching gabion walls for several months. I just love the look!!

  • Darlene Withrow Darlene Withrow on Aug 15, 2017
    There is a house with a tall fenced in area built like this that is at least 5 feet tall that I have been admiring as we drive by for years. Doesn't hold dirt back etc, just a rocked fenced in area around their property/yard. Beautiful.

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