Properly Laying Patio Stones

Patio stones provide an enhanced aesthetic appeal to the landscape of your house. Laying these stones correctly to form a garden walk is not a difficult task. Any person will be able to easily accomplish this task by following the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Chalking out a Plan

You'll want to chalk out the path along which you would like to place the stones. You will also need to decide how much money you're willing to spend on this project. You might want to put this plan on paper so that you can refer back to it when needed.

Step 2:  Basic Ground Work

You need to make sure that the path along which you intend to lay the patio stones does not have loose soil. If there is, remove it and prepare a strong and compact granular base. Before you dig, it is better to get in touch with the utility companies and confirm that there are no cables or pipes running beneath the surface that are susceptible to damage.

Step 3: Prepare the Base

This is the step where you shovel out the dirt and flatten the path where the stones need to be laid. After you have leveled the path, you have to add a 4” thick layer of gravel and level it. Once this is done, you have to fill it with a 1” thick layer of stone dust, which will act as concrete.

Step 4: Lay the Stones

The last step is to lay the patio stones along the path that you have readied. You can lay it in any pattern of your choice. As you lay the stones, tap them lightly with a rubber mallet to ensure that they sit well.