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.