How to Build a Rock Wall With Cement

A rock wall can be a long-lasting, distinctive addition to any garden or yard. Though it can be hard work, building a rock wall is well worth the effort whether it will be used as a retaining wall, foundation or garden fence. Dry stacking with no mortar is the quickest method to build a rock wall, but it won't last. For an enduring wall, build it with cement mortar. A stone jutting out or a bit of a crook only adds to the rustic appeal.


Step 1

Put the stakes in the ground at the beginning and end points of the wall, and tie the string tautly between them. Dig a straight-sided trench along the string line the width of the wall. Use the level to keep the footing even.

Step 2

Cut the chicken wire into strips the width of the trench, and lay it in the bottom of the trench.

Step 3

Mix some concrete in the wheelbarrow, and pour it into the trench, about 4 inches in depth

Step 4

Place the first layer of rocks on the concrete, using the trowel to apply a 2-inch layer of cement between the rocks. Use the largest, flattest rocks you have to provide a stable base.

Step 5

Continue to add layers, being sure to stagger the joints, and keep the wall level as the height increases.

Step 6

Make the top layer using flat rocks that are level with one another. Use less or more concrete in order to keep them level.