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Pave a Natural Stone Patio

Updated:2013-07-25 16:21:48

A patio addition to your home expands your outdoor living space so you have a level surface ideal for barbecues and other backyard entertaining. A natural stone patio can be installed in as little as a weekend. Natural stone has the benefit of blending in with the other natural elements in your landscape. Examples of natural stone include granite, marble,travertine , river rock and flagstone. While river rock is an abundant and cheap material, you should only use flat rocks to make the surface level. Choose from square stones for symmetry or use different shapes to create a unique design.

Instructions as follows:

                                                      
Firstly, spray landscape paint directly onto the grass to mark the area for the patio. Unlike other spray paints, landscape paint is completely safe to use on your lawn.

Secondly, dig out the patio area to a depth of 10 inches to account for the gravel, sandstone and stone needed to make the patio. Consider renting a mini-excavator for a job this size or recruit the help of several friends if you wish to dig the area with shovels.

Thirdly, tamp the soil down to create a flat surface. You may be able to do this simply by walking on the soil, using a hand tamper or rent a motorized plate compactor.

Fourthly, lay landscaping fabric over the soil to create a barrier that prevents  and sand gravel from mixing with the soil. The fabric should be large enough to fill the hole, spread up the sides and lay 6 inches on the ground around the hole.

Fifthly, pour a 6-inch layer of gravel over the landscaping fabric and run a plate compactor over it several times to tamp it down; the gravel you use should be a mixture of small gravel and gravel powder. Adding and tamping 2 inches of gravel at a time will ensure that the surface is packed well to create a solid base and spraying the peculiar stone with water will reduce dust. 

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