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How To Lay A Dry Method Flagstone Walkway

by Celina Simpson

If you want to enhance a garden area or front lawn, consider making a walkway with flagstone pavers. Flagstone pavers are irregularly shaped pieces that resemble a jigsaw puzzle when they are put together. Flagstone is stronger than concrete, and it resists weeds.

Flagstone pavers can be mixed with mortar, or laid using the wet method.  A novice can lay a dry method flagstone paver walkway, but it requires time. Here are tips to lay a dry method flagstone paver walkway.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • garden gloves
  • tape measure
  • level
  • wheelbarrow
  • garden hoses, string, stakes or chalk dust
  • sand or fine gravel
  • chisel
  • hammer
  • shovel
  • polythene sheets or treated lumber
  • tamper
  • flagstone pavers

Contact your local building codes department to ensure no laws will be broken. Contact your utility company for a map of pipelines on your property, or dial 8-1-1. 

Make a sketch of the pathway, and measure the area in square feet to give you an idea of the numberer of pavers needed. Find the area by multiplying the length of the path by width. Mark the area for the path with chalk dust string and stakes, or garden hoses. 

Dig the Route

Dig the pathway three to five inches deep plus the flagstone thickness. For example, if you dig the path three inches deep, and the paver's thickness is one inch, dig the path four inches deep. Throw extra soil and grass in a wheelbarrow to use elsewhere in the yard for sod or compost.

If you want to inhibit weeds from growing in the area, line the walls of the path with heavy-gauge polythene sheeting or treated lumber. This won't stop them completely, but it will delay them until the pavers settle.

Sprinkle an inch of sand or fine gravel in the path and smooth it with a tamper. Gravel or sand is optional, but it provides a run-off for water.   

Lay the Pavers

The dry method is typically easiest for beginners. An advanced DIY person can mix their pavers from mortar. Buy ten percent more pavers than you'll need to account for waste. Be aware that pavers less than an inch thick may break easily.

Install the pavers starting at the edges with the best side up in the desired pattern. Don't press them all the way in the ground. Chisel pavers to make the shape you want. 

Pavers don't have to join, but don't leave a gap more than two inches. Check the height of each piece with a level for evenness.  Add more sand or gravel to make them even.

Fill gaps with smaller paver pieces and sprinkle sand or gravel between cracks. After you complete the path, walk over them to check for raised edges. Tamp the pavers down, if you are satisfied with the layout.

For more information on choosing a landscaping team in your area, check out a company like The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors.

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