Flagstone Paths and Walkways

by Rachel Laurendeau on May 26, 2012

Whether you are looking for a way to create a welcoming walkway up to your home or an interesting path through your garden, flagstone is an attractive and easy-to-install material to consider. It is also stronger than concrete and resists cracking, even through freeze-thaw cycles in cold climates.

Characteristics of Flagstone
One of the many great attributes of flagstone is that it blends beautifully with its natural surroundings. There’s something about a path of stepping stones through a treed lot or lush garden that makes it feel as though the stones just sprung up there on their own. Since it is a natural stone material, flagstone is generally found in natural asymmetrical shapes but can also be cut by your stone supplier to fit specific dimensions, particularly if you have precise gaps to fill. Alternatively, you can choose flagstone pavers that come in square or rectangular shapes.

In addition to blending with into your garden plantings, flagstone also compliments other types of stone and finishes that you may already have incorporated into your landscape or the exterior finishes of your home.

Uses of Flagstone
Beyond being a great material for paths, walkways and stepping stone trails, flagstone is perfect for creating interesting patios, for use around your backyard pond or fountain and for making a backyard garden bench or other creative projects. You can even find larger pieces that work perfectly as countertops for your outdoor kitchen. Frankly, I’ve seen some beautiful uses of flagstone indoors as well; but that will have to wait for another day.

Laying Flagstone Paths
Although flagstone pavers are easy to install, this is a labor-intensive project. The stones can be heavy and awkward to maneuver. Pace yourself and don’t think that you’ll be flying through this in just one afternoon. You’ll need to take time to build a stable base before you begin laying the stones. Be creative and artistic as you lay the stones in the perfect pattern, like a jigsaw puzzle.

Flagstone is typically set into sand or soil over a rock or gravel base but can also be set in rock, gravel or concrete. The attached video shows how to build a flagstone patio and the basics are the same for laying a walkway.

A stone walkway is functional, affordable and can enhance your yard’s curb appeal as well as its resale value, if laid correctly. This is a great DIY summer home improvement project for those of us who are tired of working on the inside of the house all the time. For more information on how to lay a flagstone path, talk to your local landscaping or stone expert.

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