We started our first landscaping project a few weeks ago and ever since, have been in full-fledged spring mode. This is a surprise to even us, since we generally don’t start these types of projects until April. We welcome the spring weather since that means we can get back to work outside. We couldn’t be happier – this is why we are in this line of work.
Last week we began a project creating a walkway for a customer using flagstones. We love this style since the stones are natural and each is unique. This particular customer already had the majority of the stones we would need prior to the project and we started almost immediately. We dug out 8 inches of soil from the pathway and laid down geosynthetic fabric to stabilize the soil. Then we installed 5 inches of crusher run as a base. These methods prevent the walkway from settling and shifting over the years with freezing and thawing. We finally added an inch of concrete sand as a leveler.
Then we began laying the stones. This part takes a little extra effort and artistic vision since each stone should fit seamlessly in the design. With a paver application, we typically use polymeric sand in the joints; but since these joints were so large, we installed pea stones throughout the yard. We loved the finished product!