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How To Lay Pavers

Bring the rough-hewn beauty of natural stone into your landscaping with a flagstone patio or walkway.


  • Step 1: Sweep sand into exposed seams with a push broom.
  • Step 2: Plant moss in random joints for added color and visual appeal.
  • FACT: In 1920, workmen renovating the former home of President James Monroe installed flagstones bearing the imprints of ancient dinosaur footprints.
  • Step 3: Position your stones, starting at the perimeter and working inward. Cut the stones with a masonry saw to ensure a tight fit and use a rubber mallet to further secure the stones.
  • TIP: Ensure proper drainage by having the gravel and sand base slope away from the house.
  • Step 4: Dig out the grass and dirt to a depth of 5 inches. Then install rubber or metal edging to hold the path in place.
  • Step 5: Pour 3 inches of gravel throughout the plot and then add a layer of fine sand. Pack down the layers with a compactor.
  • Step 6: Determine a size and shape for your patio or walkway and outline the border with spray paint.

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