Introducing a flagstone walkway or patio can improve your outdoor living and increase the resale value of your home. It is typically more difficult to install than a man-made patio material, but it is still accessible for the do-it-yourself homeowner that doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty.
You can create an organic or a very formal, defined space depending on how you choose to set your natural surface. Some popular design options are:
- Set widely and surrounded by moss/grass
- Set widely and surrounded by pebbles
- Set tightly, and gaps filled in with sand
How to DIY
Step 1: Select your material (we can help you determine how much to purchase) and choose your setting option. Flagstone is sold by the pound.
Step 2: Dig the area that you plan to lay your surface about 6 inches, and level it. Additional leveling may be required as there will be some natural variation in the thickness of material. Do not lay a weed barrier after your initial leveling- this will make it difficult to do additional leveling as your lay your materials.
Step 3: Map out how you will lay your stones. If you are using square cut, this is much easier than if you are using random sized pieces.
Step 4: Spread your joint filling material, and remove excess from the patio material.
Choosing your Jointing
If your plan is to fill the gaps with grass or other plant material, a good soil will do the job for filling in the spaces between slabs. If your pieces are set tightly for a more formal design, polymeric sand will ensure the most stable jointing, and minimize spreading.
In order to set the polymeric sand, you must spread and sweep it into the joints, and remove all excess from the tops of your patio stones. Then, direct a light stream of water over the surface area in general- this solidifies the sand into a firm binding mortar.
Visit our Showroom and Browse Dozens of Options
You can get everything you need to lay your flagstone walkway or patio at Van Beek’s, including:
- Landscaping sand and gravel
- Patio stones
- And much more
Stop in to our showroom or contact us today with any of your landscaping questions.