Fun with Flagstone: Give Your Landscape Direction

By Darik Conner, Guest Author

When constructed thoughtfully, a flagstone path can be the cherry on top of a well-managed landscape. Depending on the length and width of your pervious walkway, prepare to put in some manual labor. The end result is worth the effort.

Flagstone is the most popular choice for walkways because of its flat puzzle-like pieces, but there are other choice stones available. Once you make your selection, devise a plan and let’s get to work!

  1. Design your borders using a garden hose, the flexibility allows you to alter the shape of your path and give you an idea of what it will look like.
  2. Dig the pathway at a depth of 4 to 6 inches. I prefer 6 inches or 2-2-2: 2 inches for gravel base, 2 inches of sand and 2 inches for flagstone and filler. The gravel base helps create a stable foundation for the path.
  3. (Optional) Roll out weed barrier the length of the pathway (before the gravel base) to help prevent weeds from springing up through the path.
  4. Arrange flagstone pieces as you would a puzzle, leaving a small gap in between each stone. Arranging the pieces is the most important step in how your walkway looks, so take your time.
  5. Fill in gaps between flagstone with more sand or gravel. Water down the entire path to help settle the sand.

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