How to Build a Garden Wall with Pavers

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How to Build a Garden Wall with Pavers

Building a retaining wall adds beauty and protection to any yard or garden. Many homeowners find it enjoyable and simple to build their own garden walls using paver blocks. By using paver blocks and proper equipment, you can easily build your own wall. Learn about the necessary equipment and techniques for building a retaining wall for your home garden, as well as the various tools, materials and types of pavers.


Tools and Materials

Necessary tools include paver blocks, a level, a rubber mallet, construction adhesive, a shovel and safety equipment. Use a rubber mallet instead of a hammer because a hammer will not be able to break the blocks in half. To set up the work area, use stakes and string to outline the desired location. Use a block splitter or saw to split blocks in half.

Paver Blocks

Paver blocks come in a variety of different colours. Cut paver blocks into necessary halves, or use interlocking paver blocks to make the job even easier. Interlocking blocks do not require mortar or adhesive because they easily fit together. Walls with no mortar are suitable for low walls.


Building the Garden Wall

First, mark the desired area using paint. Place tall stakes in a row to determine the front of the wall. Run string across the stakes at the height you want the wall to reach. Use a level to make sure the string height is level.

Paver Base

Dig a trench about 10 to 15 cm deep using a shovel. If in a colder climate, dig below the frost line. Use a soil tamper to level the soil. Evenly add 5 to 7.5 cm of paver base. Rake the paver base to make it more even. Use a level to make sure the paver base is even. Tamp to make the base compact. Low walls can use around 2.5 cm of sand as a base.


Type of Wall


Trench Depth (cm)


More than three courses of stone

Bury first course fully underground



Walls three courses or less

Partially bury first course 5 to 7.5 cm underground



Tall walls require more support than small walls. Bury the first course underground and use gravel as a backfill. The trench should be deep enough so that the first course is below ground level.


Lay down the foundation. These blocks need to be even. If they are not even, it skews the rest of the wall and makes it look unprofessional. Use a level to make sure the foundation is even.

First Row

Lay down the first row. You may need half-bricks for the ends of rows. Every other row should be a half block, as the ideal wall has staggered block positioning. If needed, you can cut blocks using a brick chisel and rubber mallet. Mark a line around the block and hit the chisel with the hammer to break the block in half. To make the first row even, tap the top of the block with the rubber hammer.


Within the trench, use gravel to fill the cavity behind the wall. Using gravel helps build a sturdy structure. Use landscape fabric between the blocks and the gravel. Tamp down the gravel as you apply each row to keep it even.


Use a rubber mallet or the end of a hammer to tap the blocks into an even place. As you apply each row, make sure it is even using a level. This helps secure the wall's sturdiness.


Finishing the Wall

Finish off the wall with capstones. This protects the wall from frost and water damage. Use construction adhesive to secure the final blocks. Hide any excess landscape fabric with topsoil or gravel.


How to Buy Garden Wall Pavers and Equipment on eBay

Trusted sellers on eBay offer all of the necessary equipment for building garden walls, such as paver blocks, block splitters, tools, construction adhesive, gravel, decorative wall cladding and more. Find sellers who list products at affordable prices and offer low shipping costs. Simply type your search into the bar on any page, and narrow your results with the help of specific keywords and suggested filters and categories. Consider local sellers for faster shipping, possible delivery options, and lower shipping costs.

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