Cinderblock garden wall- how to dress up

Richmond, VA(Zone 7a)

I have a friend with the backside of a 6 foot cinderblock wall down one side of their property. It has scraggly ivy on it now, but they want to make it look better. I was thinking some sort of dyed cement coating, not exactly stucco, since it's a tudor style house. Any ideas? (The dog pen remains are going to go. The wall runs right beside a nice sun room- 16 feet away.)

Appreciate your thoughts-
Susan

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So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I see nothing wrong with parging the wall, and then the finish can be any number of styles. My personal is knock-down stucco, but tht's me.

edited to add:
Definition: A rough coat of mortar applied over a masonry wall as protection or finish.

http://www.infoforbuilding.com/Foundation_parging_N.html



This message was edited Dec 23, 2004 7:06 PM

Richmond, VA(Zone 7a)

Thanks- I was hoping you'd answer. I checked your very helpful link, and looked up cultured stone. I think that's going to be the answer.

Merry Christmas and Happy (belated) Solstice!

Susan

Washingtonville, NY(Zone 6a)

Is it a south facing wall?

If it is with or without stucco, I'd espallier dwarf fruit trees on it!

http://encycl.opentopia.com/term/Espalier

Richmond, VA(Zone 7a)

Thanks for the thought, but the wall is in shade, and I don't think fruit trees would do well enough. I ended up recommending a field stone facing.

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