Step 1

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Excavate Area

Rake area, and remove any old landscaping materials, rocks and debris for the pathway.

Step 2

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Plot Pathway

Mark the inside of the planned pathway with bright spray paint. 

Step 3

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Install Border

Prepare the area by trenching out about 2 inches into the ground with a shovel or hoe along the outside edge of your painted lines. Then, using a hammer and border stakes, secure the vinyl garden border in place. Backfill with dirt, as needed. The border will help keep your finished pathway intact over time and prevent wash out during heavy rains.

Step 4

Add Weed Block

Roll out weed block material over the pathway (Image 1). Stake all the loose edges (Image 2), and trim excess with scissors.

Step 5

Add Sand

With the weed block material in place, spread a few inches of sand out, making sure to keep it somewhat level (Image 1). For better drainage, make the middle of the pathway a bit higher than the sides for better run off. Tamp sand down for compaction (Image 2).

Step 6

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Flagstone

Dry fit flagstones in your desired pattern, leaving about 1-3 inches between each. Start with large stones, making sure they're nestled into the sand so they don't move when you step on them. You can break up larger stones using a hammer to fill in any gaps.

Step 7

Add Pebbles

Once the flagstone is in place, spread the pebbles out and sweep into the gaps with a wide broom (Images 1 and 2). This provides a unique texture, better water absorption and helps keep the stones secure over time.