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Topic by BobD posted 06-08-2011 12:07 AM 6113 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BobD

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06-08-2011 12:07 AM

I have several pieces of flagstone in varying sizes and thickness. I want to use these stones to fill an area about 26ft by 7ft. The walkway will be the primary access to the backyard and my wood shop. It must withstand a lot of foot traffic and lawnmovers, wheelbarrows and other lawn tools. I have begun to lay the stones over decomposed granite (the primary dirt in my whole yard) with spaces between the stones ranging from 1” to 4”. See the attached photo for a view of the project.

Questions: Is there a better surface to lay the stones other than decomposed granite? A layer of sand comes to mind as one option. Suggestions welcome.

What would be the best material to fill the spaces between the stones? I want a finished surface that is as even as possible. I don’t really want to use grout or cement if possible. Other options might be Gator Dust or Nono-Pave, but not familiar with them. Suggestions welcome.



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Sandra

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hardiness zone 8a

06-08-2011 12:36 AM

I can’t help with your question, but i bet it turns out gr8!! Good luck.
Sandra :)

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

06-08-2011 07:26 AM

When I laid my flagstone at my former home, I put it on top of sand to ensure drainage. I am thinking now that I could have used sand and crushed stone, like I did under my paving stones, and it would have been better, as my stones seemed to sink somewhat. I would tamp the area before laying the stone.

It was recommended to me to use mortar between the stones, brushed dry between the stones, and then lightly sprayed with water. This worked out well for me.

Some people however, prefer to use things like stepping thyme between the stones. It all depends on your purpose. The idea of the low growing plant life is quite appealing to me, but it may not survive that well in heavily trafficed area.

.... just my two cents worth.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

06-08-2011 06:11 PM

can’t help with the “underneath” ... re: thyme, my brother used thyme but found that people would catch their toes in it as they walked so he removed it all.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Mickey Cassiba

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hardiness zone 10

01-27-2012 09:11 PM

I just laid about 1000 pavers on grade, with just a little sand and gravel to help with drainage. My wife has no problem maneuvering her electric wheel chair over it. Granted, we don’t have the frost heave problems here that some of you do(temperature has only gone to 30F once in the eight years we’ve been here). The slight roll that the ongrade application gives adds to the oldish look and feel I tried to achieve.

-- A little dirt never killed anyone.

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MsDebbieP

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01-28-2012 08:10 AM

Very nice Mickey!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

01-28-2012 08:37 AM

If I were redoing one of our stone walkways, I would but sand underneath the stones and stone dust in between. Jroot’s idea of using dry mortar and then spraying it lightly with water sounds interesting and I would definitely look into that idea.

Nice job laying those pavers, Mickey.

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Mickey Cassiba

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hardiness zone 10

01-29-2012 08:24 AM

Thanks! Definitely a work in progress, but then, isn’t any garden?

-- A little dirt never killed anyone.

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