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New Hampshire Landscaping Blog

12Jul

Classic New Hampshire Fieldstone Wall at the Street

It’s the quintessential New Hampshire look!  When you envision driving around the roads of New Hampshire, you no doubt envision the fieldstone ‘walls’ that are everywhere.

Some are nothing more than long, old piles of rock, but many are absolutely gorgeous.

These types of walls naturally happened long ago when people cleared their land.  New Hampshire, as you know, is very rocky ground.  So, this rock got placed at the edges of the property and acted as an informal property marker or an informal fence of sorts.

The wall in this photo helps to visually divide the yard from the street.  Notice that the yard has no lawn and is all mulched.  If the Fieldstone wall were not there, the edge of the mulched area would be ‘sloppy-looking’ and would need regular attention.  This wall is finished on both the house-side and the street-side as well as finished on the top of the wall.  We mortared the inside of the wall for strength and stability, and the top of the wall is mortared.  This is what we call a ‘2-sided’ wall or a ‘free-standing’ wall.  If your property slopes down from the building to the street, then you might need a ‘retaining’ wall instead of a ‘freestanding’ wall.  In either case…No sloppy piles of rock here!  This wall is built to last.  This cabin has tons of New Hampshire charm!

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