So you want a garden wall, huh? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to teach you how to build a block wall in your garden. Whether it’s for privacy purposes or just something fancy that you can look at, we’ll show you the basics of how to make a cinder block garden wall.
You Can Use Cinder Blocks to Make a Garden Wall
Cinder blocks are inexpensive, durable, and easy to work with. They can be found at home improvement stores and are available in many sizes. Cinder blocks are lightweight so they’re easy to transport and work on your block wall project.
To make a block wall for your garden, start by determining how tall you want your wall to be. Then measure the width of the area where you plan on putting the block wall—this will tell you how many cinder blocks you need for each layer of your block-walled garden bed. You’ll also need some string or a measuring tape (or both) as well as a level surface where it’s safe for digging into the ground without damaging any plants or delicate soil layer underneath it.
1. Purchase the blocks, bricks and mortar.
First, you’ll need to purchase the blocks, bricks and mortar. You can purchase these at your local hardware store or online. When purchasing block materials for your wall, make sure that there is enough material to build the wall that you want. Depending on how long it needs to be and how high you need it to be will determine how many blocks or bricks are needed.
The second thing that needs to be done is purchasing mortar and masonry glue if desired. If using masonry glue with sandstone block material then apply a layer of cement paste before applying the sandstone blocks so they can bond together better during installation process
2. Determine what kind of wall you want to build.
You will also need to decide how much of the wall is going to be straight and how much is going to be curved. The type of wall will depend on your garden space, but there are a few basic types you can choose from:
- Straight walls: These walls are built with two parallel lines of blocks with no curves. They can either be built at an angle or straight across the ground.
- Curved walls: Walls with curves are constructed by placing blocks at an angle along a straight line, creating a curved structure. This type of block wall provides more visual interest in your garden compared to other styles, but does require more time and skill during construction as well as greater care during maintenance afterwards because it’s difficult for plants or people (especially kids) who might fall over it if they aren’t careful around corners.
3. Calculate the materials you will need.
- Calculate the materials you will need. You’ll want to know how much mortar (the stuff that holds your stone blocks together), gravel, sand and blocks you need in order to calculate how high and wide your wall should be.
- Type of block material: For this project we used concrete blocks for our garden wall but there are many other options available such as natural stone or brick depending on what style you’re going for.
- How high should my garden wall be? This is a question only you can answer based on what it was planning to use it for, who might use it and any safety issues involved with having something so tall at home/in your garden care area. If there’s nothing particular reason why height matters then just keep in mind that standard concrete block heights vary between 5″ – 12″. So if not using those exact measurements then make sure that whatever size makes sense for most people who would likely be using them because 4’6″ isn’t very convenient when trying reach tomatoes growing at 3′ height above ground level!
- What type of space between each block should I leave? When building walls like these we always recommend leaving at least 1/4 inch gap between each one so air flow gets into all crevices where possible which helps prevent moisture build up over time when exposed directly against earth surfaces such as wooden fence posts – especially those made from pressure treated lumber which tends
4. Prepare the ground where you will be building your wall.
Before you build your block wall, make sure that the ground is level and free of rocks, roots, or anything else that would impede the construction process.
If you have a large area of land to clear for building a block wall, consider hiring someone with equipment such as a backhoe or bulldozer.
The ground should be prepared in this way:
- Remove any debris from the site. This includes rocks and other larger items that may have been left by previous owners of the property as well as smaller items such as twigs and branches that can cause problems later on during construction. Make sure to wear protective clothing when removing debris so that you don’t injure yourself while working outside!
- Make sure there’s no standing water on top of your site where you’ll be building your wall (this could lead to mold growth in humid months). If there does happen to be some moisture present due perhaps because there has been prolonged rainfall recently then try using sandbags filled with dry soil instead – these will absorb any moisture runoff during heavy rains without causing damage elsewhere underneath where they’re placed down against cracks between slabs/blocks). Consider using plastic sheeting around these areas too just in case; this would act like tarps but without being weighed down by heavy rains falling down upon them constantly throughout each day – simply place them overtop toward where walls meet corners first before adding any additional weight onto those spots where cracks might occur later on after moving ahead with construction activities until completion time comes closer nears closer towards completion time coming closer.
5. Lay out or place the first course of blocks on gravel.
- Lay out or place the first course of blocks on gravel. Use a tape measure to determine the length of the wall, and use a level to make sure it is straight. You can also use a wheelbarrow to carry the blocks to the wall site if you have one available.
- Mortar with a mortar board: Use your trowel to spread mortar over each block as specified by its manufacturer’s instructions on how much mortar should be used per square foot of wall surface area (this amount varies depending on whether you are using lime or cement). Using only enough mortar so that it is slightly higher than flush with top surfaces, smooth over entire exposed surface area before attaching any additional pieces together until all joints are covered completely with thick layer of mortar mixture that will create strong bond between adjoining components during curing process which usually lasts at least 48 hours before adding next row of masonry units and repeating steps listed above until top layer reaches desired height.
6. Apply a small amount of mortar on top of the first course of blocks you laid down.
- Apply a small amount of mortar on top of the first course of blocks you laid down.
Use a trowel and make sure to spread it evenly as you go along, using a level to ensure that they all lay flat and even with each other. Make it as smooth as possible! If there are gaps between your block wall, fill them with mortar using a masonry trowel or mortar spreader.
7. Apply mortar and spread it over two blocks lengthwise, then one block high and two blocks across from each other to form a rectangle or square and set another course on top in that pattern using masonry glue, if desired, and continue in this manner until you have reached the height you desire for your wall or have run out of blocks
The next step is to apply mortar and spread it over two blocks lengthwise, then one block high and two blocks across from each other to form a rectangle or square. Set another course on top in that pattern using masonry glue, if desired, and continue in this manner until you have reached the height you desire for your wall or have run out of blocks.
This will create a strong bond between each course of block as well as provide support to the structure overall.
These are the steps that you need to follow to build a block wall. Following these steps will ensure that you have an easy and safe time building your garden wall.