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      Tools List

      • spade
      • garden stakes
      • mason line and level
        mason line and line level
      • square shovel
      • tamper
        hand tamper
      • iron rake
        steel rake
      • mallet
        rubber mallet
      • two-foot level
        2-foot level
      • mason's chisel and maul
        mason's chisel and maul
      • brick hammer
        brick hammer
      • caulk gun
        caulk gun
      • craft scissors
        scissors to cut the landscape fabric

      Shopping List

      Cast-concrete blocks
      Choose those meant for freestanding and retaining walls, not walkway pavers. To calculate how many blocks you need, divide the area, in inches, of each wall by the area of the largest block's face. Add 10 percent to cover cuts and breakage.

      Paver base
      A 50-pound bag covers 2 square feet at 3 inches deep

      Leveling sand
      A 50-pound bag covers about 6 square feet at 1 inch deep. Drainage stone
      Get enough to fill your planters to three courses from the top.

      Masonry construction adhesive

      Landscape fabric