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How to Build a Short Retaining Wall

This 2' retaining wall is a great architectural element that also serves a purpose -- to keep dirt from a sloping yard from going into the driveway.

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Step 1: Dig a Trench

Dig a trench about 12" deep to create a level surface before laying any stone.

trench dug for new stone wall

Step 2: Lay the Stone

Install a layer of large stones for good stability at the base. No mortar is needed. Stagger the joints as you lay the next level. The top of the wall should be at finished grade to allow runoff.

laying the stone for new stone wall

Step 3: Finish With Crushed Stone

Fill behind the wall with crushed stone. Note: If you're building a wall higher than 3' tall, be sure to check with your local community to find out if a permit is required.

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