Walls, Patios
and Walkways
We recently did this job in New Windsor.  The customers were looking to eliminate lawn area and
enhance their front yard with a natural looking planter bed.  A "ground up" installation of a two-tier planter
bed was chosen using palletized Pennsylvania Colonial fieldstone.  After sod-cutting out the lawn area, the
footing is dug and prepared using Item #4 stone.  Once planted, the appearance is a job that looks like it's
been there for thirty years.  The customers were very pleased with the final results.
This job was a re-build of an old farm wall.  These old walls were used to divide
property boundaries back in the 1800's.  On a job like this, we can save the
homeowner money by using boulders and stone already on the property.  Palletized
fieldstone was trucked in to cap off the top of the wall for a finished look.  Screened
topsoil was brought in to property seed the area for a lawn at completion.
This is a rock wall we built for a
homeowner in Goshen, NY.  Palletized
fieldstone was trucked in.  All wall
construction, whether ties, stone or
block, must have a footing installed
first.  Drainage can also be constructed
behind the wall if needed.  A wall like
this one has to be solid; its intention is
retaining the bank.  I've re-built many
walls in years past that were not
constructed properly.  
We do it right
the first time and build them to last!
In the new millenium, most homeowners have heard of the various
paving and block products that are available.  Whether for walls,
walkways or patios, these enhance any yard.  Extremely durable, the
key is a proper footing to start set-up. A soldier course borders the
outline, with a wet-saw used to cut-in trimmed pieces for a snug,
professional look.  Attention to detail is imperative.  For the final
stage, sand is swept in. Solid construction!
Railroad ties are still around.  Through the 1980's, ties were the popular
choice for retaining walls.  Though the popularity and variety of block walls
has since taken over, some homeowners still like the affordability and
rustic look of wood.  Today's lumber yard landscape ties are usually 5.5" x
5.5" diameter and 8' long and come with a lifetime ground-contact
guarantee not to rot.  The key to solid construction is the placement  of
"deadman" ties, needed as walls get to a specific height.  These
"deadmen" anchors are dug back into the wall to create support.  Once
again, a proper footing and drainage are required.