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Thursday
Apr262012

Flagstone for Pathways and Patios

Flagstone Pathway PhotoFlagstone is a versatile and classic style of stone that can be used in many applications. Some of the most popular uses are pathways and patios. The beauty of these applications is that they are both something that homeowners can do themselves. With a few simple tools, proper planning and the right materials you can create your own pathway or patio. And, with the variety of colors and textures available you can surely find something to suit your home. The application of a patio and pathway are very similar so I will show a pathway.

Pathways are the most popular use of flagstone we see here at South County Rockery. It’s an easy way to add form and function to your landscape. The installation is not extremely difficult and your project can often be completed in one to two days (Depending on the size of your area).

Sunset Magazine has an excellent step by step article about how to lay a flagstone path. Please visit their site if you are interested in learning about that process. Here I will focus more on tools, materials and product selection. But, if you do have any questions please contact me at chris@southcountyrockery.com.

Flagstone Pathway Gravel Application

Select Your Materials

The two materials you need to select first are the flagstone itself and the material to fill the joints or gaps between the stone. I have included a swatch of flagstone we carry here to give you an idea of color and texture. After selecting your stone I suggest you find a fill material that will compliment of contrast the stone itself.

Base Materials

We recommend concrete sand for your stone to set in. Regular fill sand will do the job but, it does not compact as well as concrete sand. We also do not recommend fill sand for filling the gaps as it can wash away easily.

 

 

Select Your Flagstone

Flagstone Photos for Pathways and Patios

Aggregate to Fill Gaps

California Gold 3/8"

Gold Path Fines

Ginger Rock

Pea Gravel

   

 

Tools We Recommend

Here is a short list of tools we recommend that can make your installation easier.

 

  1. Wheel Barrow
  2. Shovel
  3. Rake
  4. Weed Barrier
  5. Benda Board (Flexible Edging)
  6. Plastic Stakes
  7. Hammer
  8. Power Drill and Galvanized or Stainless Steel Screws (To secure edging to stakes)
  9. Tamper 12”- 24”
  10. Rubber Mallet (Optional, to help set stone in place)
  11. Mason Hammer (Optional, only if you need to cut or trim the stone)
  12. Angle Grinder (Optional, only if you need to cut or trim the stone)

 

If you have any questions about a flagstone walkway, patio or any other project please contact us here at South County Rockery.

 

‘We help you make your landscape beautiful.”

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