How To Build a Flagstone Walkway How To Build a Flagstone Walkway

What You'll Need
Flagstone paving
Rake
Garden hose
Shovel
Level
Sand
Mallet
Chisel

Stronger and more attractive than concrete, a flagstone walkway is a beautiful and durable addition to any garden. It is resistant to weeds and can last many years without much maintenance. Installing a flagstone path is quite challenging, however, but if you feel comfortable doing it yourself and have the required tools and materials available, this article will give you some basic instructions.

Step 1—Preparing the Walkway Location

To begin with, you should make an outline of where the path is going to go. You could use rubber tubing or a hosepipe to do this. When you have an accurate idea of where you are going to install the flagstone walkway, dig out of the area to about 3 inches of depth. You may want to modify this depth depending on the thickness of the flagstone pavers. To make sure that the surface is as even as possible, use a level in each area. When you have dug out a line where the stones are going to be installed, you should then apply the sand. This will act as the foundation. This should only be about 1 inch in depth and once placed, it should be raked until thoroughly smooth. Once again, check to make sure that everything is level. To continue, wet the sand using the garden hose until it is all moistened. Before continuing, install any permanent border if you have chosen to have one. A permanent border is not required and this is entirely a matter of personal preference.

Step 2—Setting the Flagstones in Place

Carefully arrange the flagstones in the path. Place the flagstones gently into the sand. Do not push them too far into the sand at this point. Start at the edges of the path first, working in towards the center. You should begin by using the larger pieces of flagstone, using the smaller pieces to fill any gaps. As you are installing the flagstone paving, continue to make sure that everything is level. Use the level regularly.

You may need to break up some of the larger pieces of stone so that they fit. To do this, use a hammer and chisel to etch a line along the area you want cut. Go over the line again using a hammer and chisel and using a little more force, the stone should fracture along the line.

Step 3—Finishing Up

The finishing touches are easy to apply. Simply spread more sand over the paving. You will need to have plenty of sand left for this, as the stand will need to fill the cracks between the stones. When you have done this, sweep any excess sand off the stones so that it falls into the gaps. Once again, hose off the area to moisten the sand and give a more thorough clean to the stones.

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