How to Mortar Stone


A natural stone wall is an attractive addition to any landscape. Stones can be dry stacked, but mortar adds strength and durability to the wall. If the stones are not mortared correctly, the mortar will quickly crack and stones will loosen. Follow these steps to mortar the stone in your garden wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Work Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust Mask
  • Stones
  • Dry Mortar Mix
  • Water
  • Mixing Bucket
  • Trowel
  • Purchase a dry mortar mix designed for masonry or stone.

  • Mix the dry mortar mix with water according to package directions. The mortar should be the consistency of brownie mix. It should be thick enough to stay on the trowel without dripping. Wear goggles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands, and a dust mask to reduce inhalation of dry mortar mix.

  • Trowel a layer of mortar on the surface where the next stone will lay. If laying a stone next to another stone, trowel some mortar between the two stones.

  • Trowel a layer of mortar on the underside of the stone that will be laid next. This is called buttering the stone.

  • Place the stone on the bed of mortar and rock the stone gently into place. Excess mortar should ooze from the joints. If mortar does not ooze from the joints, there is not enough mortar under the stone.

  • Remove excess mortar from the joints and smooth the joints using the trowel and a wet finger.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more manicured look, try using manufactured stones to build your wall. They look more alike and congruent than natural stone.
  • As you lay more stones in your wall, you will most likely need to periodically smooth the mortar joints. As the mortar dries, a wet finger is a great tool for smoothing the mortar joints.
  • Always read the mortar mix directions before mixing mortar. Do not mix more than you can use before it dries.
  • Do not mix mortar without wearing goggles and a dust mask.
  • Do not handle mortar without wearing gloves.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Mortar Fieldstone

    Mortared fieldstone is a common addition to a garden wall, but can be added to almost any landscaping plan. Careful attention needs...

  • How to Build Stone Masonry Walls

    Stone masonry walls are laid with mortar for added stability. Because mortar is used walls can be built taller than dry fitted...

  • How to Use Dry Mortar Between Stones

    When building a stone wall, you want to use a mortar that's mixed with water to hold things up properly. When working...

  • How to Lay Natural Stone in Wet Mortar

    Natural stone has many uses, and a few varying ways of installing it. One choice would be to dry stack the stones....

  • How to Mortar Flagstone

    You can install flagstone over your existing concrete surfaces such as walkways or patios and add beauty to the exterior of your...

  • How to Mortar Brick

    Mortar is to bricks what nails are to 2-by-4s and what glue is to popsicle sticks--it is the device that holds them...

  • How to Mix Mortar for Stone Pointing

    When old mortar begins to crack or crumble, while the bricks the mortar holds in place remain solid, replacing the mortar itself,...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!