18 April 2023
Parapet stones

Parapet stones are an elevated area in a yard, typically used for decorative or functional purposes. They are often constructed of stone or concrete and are built up above ground level, forming a low wall or barrier around the edge of a raised platform.

One of the most common uses for parapet stones is as a raised garden bed. By creating a raised platform, gardeners can take advantage of better drainage and soil aeration, leading to healthier plants and better yields. The parapet wall also provides a visual border around the garden, making it more distinct and aesthetically pleasing.

  1. Plan and prepare the site: Determine the location and size of your parapet stone structure and mark the area. Remove any grass or debris from the site and ensure the ground is level.
  2. Create a base: Create a stable base for your parapet stones by digging a trench around the perimeter of the structure and filling it with a layer of gravel or crushed stone. This will help to stabilize the stones and prevent them from shifting or settling over time.
  3. Lay the first row: Begin by laying the first row of parapet stones around the perimeter of the structure, using a level to ensure they are even and flat. Interlock the stones as you lay them, using their shape and weight to create a stable structure.
  4. Continue adding rows: Continue adding additional rows of stones, staggering them so that the joints are not directly above each other. Interlock the stones as you go, creating a strong and stable structure without the need for adhesive.
  5. Cut stones to fit: As you reach the corners or edges of your structure, you may need to cut some stones to fit. Use a masonry saw or chisel to carefully cut the stone to the correct size and shape.
  6. Finish the top: Once you have laid all of the rows, finish the top of the parapet stones with a capstone or coping stone. This will give the structure a finished look and help to protect the top of the wall from water and weather damage.
  7. Backfill and compact: Once the parapet stones are in place, backfill behind the wall with a granular material such as crushed stone or gravel. This material provides good drainage and helps to create a stable foundation for the parapet stone structure. Compact the backfill material as you go, using a plate compactor or hand tamper to ensure a solid and stable base.