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Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your Garden

iStock 497583765 300x199 Installing a Flagstone Walkway in Your GardenSpring is just around the corner, and a lot of us are thinking about our gardens.

We’ll leave the question of what to plant or not plant to the horticulturists. We’re concerned more with getting to your garden.

If you’re looking to give your garden a new look this spring, consider installing a flagstone walkway. This might sound like a big undertaking, but this is a project that you can wrap up in one weekend. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

1. Location, location, location

Your first step in installing a flagstone walkway is determining where you want it to go. You can use metal or wooden stakes and a length or string to mark off the future pathway. Your path should be 3-4 feet wide to accommodate foot traffic.

2. Start digging

Use a shovel to excavate your future walkway area, making a trench that’s about 8 inches deep. Once that’s done, you can install a border around the edges of the path. This can be made from treated wood, synthetic bender board or brick. If using wood or synthetic board, anchor the border in place with nails and stakes.

3. Install your base

Putting in a rough base of stone or gravel will enhance drainage along the pathway and help prevent the flagstones from shifting. Use pea gravel or 3/8-inch crushed rock, making a layer of about 4-6 inches deep. Level the stone/gravel with a rake, and then compact it using water from your garden hose and a tamp. You can make your own hand tamp by attaching a piece of plywood to a four-by-four post.

4. Fabric and sand

The next step in installing a flagstone walkway in your garden involves placing a layer of landscape fabric over the gravel/stone base. After that’s done, you’ll need to pour about 2 inches of sand over the fabric.

The fabric will allow water to pass through, but prevent sand from getting into the layer of rocks. Repeat the end of step three, by leveling the sand with a rake and compacting it with water and the hand tamp.

5. The stone age begins

Install your stones, wiggling them back and forth a bit so they’re embedded in the sand. Fill the cracks between the stones with gravel or more sand. If you use sand, keep in mind that you’ll be dealing with erosion. Wind and weather will wash some of the sand away, so be prepared to refill those gaps with more sand each year.

If you’re interested in installing a flagstone walkway in your garden this spring, contact Woodward Landscape Co. We carry pattern flagstone in the natural cleft, thermal and tumbled varieties, allowing for a wide range of textures and patterns.

You can select your pieces, or leave it to us. We’ll be happy to assemble the stones you need, and design a specific pattern if requested.

Visit us today and we’ll work together on giving your garden a great new look the spring.

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