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Create a Cobblestone Area

Updated:2013-08-13 17:12:23
Cobblestone is a natural stone that offers a rustic, elegant look. Creating a cobblestone area is not overly difficult but can be time-consuming. Cobblestones can make transform any outdoor space into a charming patio area reminiscent of an old-world European walkway. Also, you can save a great deal of money by building the cobblestone area yourself.

Instructions as follows:

                                                          


Firstly, measure out your area. Using a tape measure, plan the length and width of your cobblestone area and mark off the four borders with wood posts. Tie a string around the outside of the posts to mark off your building area.

Secondly, go to a home goods store and purchase your materials. Choose the size and type of cobblestone and ask a representative at the home good store to help you determine how many cobblestones you will need for your area.

Thirdly, dig out the area within the posts that will be covered with pebbles. You should dig 6 inches deep, and then use the shovel to scrape the bottom of the soil until the surface is even all the way across.

Fourthly, line the flexible edging along the entire border inside the area you excavated. Secure the edging in place by making sure it's flush against the border and pounding stakes down through the slots in the edging into the ground.

Fifthly, add a 2-inch layer of crushed gravel to the entire bottom area.

Sixthly, use a plate compactor to compact the crushed gravel down tightly.

Seventhly, add another 2-inch layer of crushed gravel and repeat the compacting step.

Eighthly, check the level of the area by placing a level on top of the gravel. The slope should be going down away from your home.

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