Building a Stone Walkway

Learn how to lay a flagstone pathway around your home.
Wash Off Stones

Wash Off Stones

You can build a flagstone walkway with grass joints in a weekend.

You can build a flagstone walkway with grass joints in a weekend.

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The three primary materials for this walkway are cobblestones (top left), crusher run (top right) and flagstones (bottom).

The three primary materials for this walkway are cobblestones (top left), crusher run (top right) and flagstones (bottom).

Layout the Stones for the Walkway

Layout the Stones for the Walkway

Dry lay the flagstones before you begin digging so you can arrange the stones in a way that looks natural.

Dry lay the flagstones before you begin digging so you can arrange the stones in a way that looks natural.

Dig Away Sod

Dig Away Sod

Once the flagstones are in place, it's time to start cutting through the turf.

Once the flagstones are in place, it's time to start cutting through the turf.

Stone Walkway Cutaway Graphic

Stone Walkway Cutaway Graphic

You'll need to dig out the soil beneath the path to place the stones, as shown in the diagram. You can place thick flagstone directly in the ground. Thinner flagstone will need to sit on three inches of gravel. The cobblestone border will need to rest on an inch of mortar.

You'll need to dig out the soil beneath the path to place the stones, as shown in the diagram. You can place thick flagstone directly in the ground. Thinner flagstone will need to sit on three inches of gravel. The cobblestone border will need to rest on an inch of mortar.

Prep Walkway Base

Prep Walkway Base

Once you've dug out the soil where the flagstone will go, fill the hole with a crusher run to create a stable base for the flagstone.

Once you've dug out the soil where the flagstone will go, fill the hole with a crusher run to create a stable base for the flagstone.

Setting the Paving Stones

Setting the Paving Stones

Use a rubber mallet to set stones firmly.

Use a rubber mallet to set stones firmly.

Place Cobblestone Border

Place Cobblestone Border

The cobblestone border serves as a decorative accent and keeps mulch in the beds along the pathway.

The cobblestone border serves as a decorative accent and keeps mulch in the beds along the pathway.

Clean Up and Replant Grass

Clean Up and Replant Grass

Once the stones are laid, hose off the debris.

Once the stones are laid, hose off the debris.

Newly Completed Stone Walkway

Newly Completed Stone Walkway

You're done. Your new walkway will last for years to come.

From: Desperate Landscapes

You're done. Your new walkway will last for years to come.

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