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What you need:
  • Flagstones
  • Sand
  • Rubber mallet
  • Stone mason's trowel
  • Shovel
  • A length of 2"X4" lumber a little wider than the pathway
Grade the site for proper drainage. Adding sand promotes drainage and also provides a proper surface for the flagstone to be set and leveled.
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Begin placing flagstones at the entrance of the path. Fit the stones snugly up against one another. The reason for doing this is if you decide to plant ground covers in between the stones, they won't be able to spread outside of your flagstone path.
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You want all of the stones to be at approximately the same level, so it may be necessary to remove some of the sand if you have a particularly thick stone.
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Level the flagstones using a 2X4 extended across the outside edging. A stone mason's trowel is used to add or remove sand and soil during the leveling process.
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Finish leveling the remaining stones at the entrance of the path. A rubber mallet is used to help position and to aid in leveling the stones.
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Continue laying the flagstones down, leveling as you go, until the path is completed.
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The last step is to fill the spaces in between the stones with sand. If you plan on planting ground covers such as thyme in between the stones, use topsoil.
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Sweep off the excess sand and the path is finished.