Guidance on how to install your new paving or flagstone products
Whether you are planning to do the work yourself or employ a professional to do it for you, this guide covers all the essential points you need to know about.
What you’ll need:
- Straight-edged spade or turf edging tool
- Spirit level
- Rubber hammer or mallet
- Sand or crushed stone for base
The Four Simple Steps
Space out your chosen flagstones in the direction that you want the path to go. Walk the path, adjusting the spacing until you arrive at a pattern and spacing that suits everyone. If you are restricted to a certain length make sure to space the flagstones correctly so that you don’t have to cut the last one. To create a curve, tighten the space between inside corners and open it up on outside corners.
Place the stone into the sand base and pound it with a rubber mallet. Use a level to ensure the flagstones are all level with each other.
Where the stepping stones are being laid in gravel, spread the dry mortar 2 – 4 inches beyond each flagstone and rake the gravel over it. The flagstone should be at least 1 inch above the level of the existing gravel, this will help eliminate the scattering of gravel over your flagstones.
NB. Stepping stones are not suitable for steep slopes.
Where a path is made through a lawn, the flagstones must be laid flush with the soil surface, thus allowing the mower to pass straight over when cutting the grass.
On the other hand, when flagstones are set in a gravel area, they work best if slightly proud of the surrounding surface, reducing the likelihood of gravel being scattered on them.
Need a Professional Installer?
Choosing a landscape contractor is an important factor in achieving a quality finish to your project. For further information on choosing a layer visit our advice page or you can view our approved layers.