Gravity-stacked stone walls give a romantic look to any outdoor space...and require surprisingly little effort to construct.
Growing up, any family Sunday drive through the country was punctuated by my Mom demanding to pull the car over...because she spotted some rocks. She'd send my father out to get the larger ones, while my brother and I (because we had small little kid hands) were responsible for digging out promising specimens. The idea was to get enough natural rocks to eventually build a few stone walls
in the backyard, but we only ever amassed enough for garden borders.
If there had been enough rocks, we would've gone with a gravity-stacked retaining wall. This method really requires little more than stacking rocks against dirt fill. Depending on the type of stone chosen, you can have a formal or romantic look, but overall you will want to choose flatter rocks. (Which are, of course, easier to stack.) For the more tips and a complete project outline, check out out post on building a natural stone wall
Want a few more ideas for building stone walls? Check out...
How to build an engineered retaining wall
How to Build a No Mortar Wall Video
Cultured stone - How I learned to love "phony stone"
And to see how to build stone walls, watch this...