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mandonuc
Vertical Stone Terrace (As Seen in TOH Mag)

In the April 2008 issue of This Old House magazine, editor Scott Omelianuk (Letters from This Old House, "The Oasis Out Back") is pictured in his backyard next to what appears to be typical two inch thick bluestone, laid on edge to create a terrace for plantings.

I would like to try this on a small section in my back yard (30' wide by 4' tall). I'm going on the assumption it can't possibly be as easy as it looks
1. Purchase the stone in uniform sizes
2. Dig a trench (or 3)
3. Lay the stone on edge (tilted slightly in to the top of the hill) up to 1/3 the width of the stone
4. Backfill with soil
5. Plant colorful greenery and enjoy your new creation

Frankly, my preference would be a classic New England slate wall (same slate laid horizontally), but this approach seems both significantly less expensive and much less time consuming (an important point as I now spend most of my spare time chasing a 3 year old around the yard).

Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated!

havanagranite
Re: Vertical Stone Terrace (As Seen in TOH Mag)
mandonuc wrote:

In the April 2008 issue of This Old House magazine, editor Scott Omelianuk (Letters from This Old House, "The Oasis Out Back") is pictured in his backyard next to what appears to be typical two inch thick bluestone, laid on edge to create a terrace for plantings.

I would like to try this on a small section in my back yard (30' wide by 4' tall). I'm going on the assumption it can't possibly be as easy as it looks
1. Purchase the stone in uniform sizes
2. Dig a trench (or 3)
3. Lay the stone on edge (tilted slightly in to the top of the hill) up to 1/3 the width of the stone
4. Backfill with soil
5. Plant colorful greenery and enjoy your new creation

Frankly, my preference would be a classic New England slate wall (same slate laid horizontally), but this approach seems both significantly less expensive and much less time consuming (an important point as I now spend most of my spare time chasing a 3 year old around the yard).

Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated!

see now I think you are looking at this all wrong :) you see first you need to do what ever according to your taste, if you thing it will be more attractive with the slate then that is probally what you need to do. and second and more important if the job is involved and takes a lot of time and concentration it is an excuse to call some other family memeber in to watch the 3 yr old and give you a break from that and allow you some me time to do something productive and something that will allow you to later look back at pride. (of course children are also a source of pride)

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