AB Garden Accent Standard
AB Garden Accent Cap
H: 4 in. (100 mm)
W: 8 in. (200 mm) front face
6 in. (150 mm) back face
D: 7 1/4 in. (185 mm)
|Minimum Radius Chart|
Blocks Needed For
A Full Circle
AB Garden Accent is a vertical stacking block, so the radius is the same on every course.
Our smallest block comes up BIG in features and performance!
AB Garden Accent is the ideal choice for beautiful beds and borders. This product currently has limited availability. Please check with your local manufacturer to see if the AB Garden Accent is available in your area.
At about 14 pounds per block (6.3 kg), AB Garden Accent stacks fast and locks together great. The blocks are coloured and textured on two sides, so you can create beautiful raised beds with less work.
|AB Garden Accent
Maximum Wall Height
|Sandy Soil||24 in (610 mm)|
|Clay Soil||16 in (406 mm)|
|Maximum wall height when
retaining soils is 6 in. (150 mm)
Soft, sweeping curves, straight lines, or tight radii
By adjusting the position of the standard blocks, you can get the line and look you want.
|AB Garden Accent Estimating Chart|
(not including the Cap)
4 in. (100 mm)
8 in. (200 mm)
12 in. (305 mm)
16 in. (405 mm)
20 in. (510 mm)
4 in. (102 mm)
|Number of Caps Needed|
|Wall Rock||Amount of Wall Rock Needed|
Layout and mark garden wall location
Remove sod and dig trench
Install wall rock, level and compact
Install base course and level
Install additional courses
Glue caps in place
Prepare The Base
Temporarily lay out the first course of blocks. Adjust the blocks to minimize the gaps between them. This will allow the caps on top to fit snug, and provide a nice, tight finish to the garden wall.
Mark the layout with a shovel, and remove the sod and other surface material from the bed. Dig a shallow trench, 10 - 12 in. (255 - 305 mm) wide and at least 4 in. (100 mm) deep.
Stepping the Base
Use a large level to check the trench for level as you dig. On sloped sites,"step up" the base when it gets more than 6 in. (150 mm) deep.
Place 2 in. (50 mm) of rock in the trench, level and compact with a hand tamper. It is essential that the base is level at this point, as errors will multiply as each new row is added.
Install The Block
Set the base course of block in the trench and make sure the edges all touch on the forward side of the block. Tap the blocks into place with a rubber mallet, leveling each block as you go. As a rule, the base block should be set at least 2 in. (50 mm) below the finished grade.
Fill in behind the blocks with soil, and carefully compact to lock them in place. Fill the blocks with wall rock for additional stability. Sweep the blocks clean, and check again to make sure the blocks are level
Stack the next course of AB Garden Accent, and offset the seams from the blocks below. Keeping the seams staggered will lock the block together and make the wall stronger.
Check the blocks for level, adjust as needed, and add more courses until you reach the height you want for your wall.
Cap the Wall
Top off your wall with AB Garden Accent Caps. Alternate the long and short faces to match the design of your wall. Apply construction adhesive between and underneath the caps to secure them in place.
Step 2: Texturize the small piece to match the wall
Step 4: Build Second Course
Step 6: Glue caps in place
Step 1: Score all sides of the block, then strike firmly in the splitting groove.
Step 3: Build First Course
Step 5: Score all sides of the block, then strike firmly in the splitting groove.
To build 90° corners, find the standard blocks that have a smaller center core and a splitting groove on the top. Using your hammer and chisel, score all four sides along the line of the groove. Place your chisel in the groove and strike firmly to split the block in two. The small, split piece will be used to create a corner block.
Place one of the AB Garden Accent courses offset from the other by the thickness of the split piece. Slip the split piece into position and fasten it to both adjoining blocks with construction adhesive. Let the adhesive set up, then repeat on the next course with the piece running in the opposite direction.
To build the corner caps, find the caps that have a splitting groove on the bottom. Using your hammer and chisel, score all four sides along the line of the groove. Place the chisel in the groove and strike firmly to split the cap in two. Use the two pieces to square off the cap as shown in Step 6.
Corner Cap Block