One of my father’s favorite yard projects is building stone walls. He has a couple of them going on their New Hampshire property, and I imagine he has his eyes set on a few extensions and additions this summer. I admire his ambition, but I do worry about his health, particularly his back. Hauling large stones and rocks around the yard can be an invitation to injury. Stacked Stone Wall, a faux stone product from Oldcastle Architectural Products Group, would fix that. Made for stone walls, borders, or retaining wall purposes, the Stacked Stone Wall blocks claim to be 25% lighter than conventional retaining wall blocks, or around 17 lbs.—light enough to carry around and maneuver with one hand. They also feature tapered sides and a unique front top lip that keeps blocks from sliding forward. The top lip also makes it easier for homeowners to know how the blocks fit together. With each block retailing at $2.77, a twelve-foot garden wall would cost about $100 and only a few hours of labor. There are a few face design options available, too, which is nice. To be honest, I’d prefer real stone—there’s something authentically New England about laboring with heavy stone to create a true stone wall. But ask me again when I’m pushing 60 and I’ll probably have a different answer—my back will, that’s for sure! Stacked Stone Wall blocks are available exclusively at Lowe’s.

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