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The bluestone that makes up millions of American patios often comes in neatly sawn rectangles. But for a rustic landscape, nothing looks more natural ...
Day 1: Lay out the size and shape of the patio, and arrange the placement of the stones. Day 2: Dig out the area, and create the base layer. Day 3:...
Whether you're building a patio with rectangular slabs or with broken pieces like the one shown here, laying out the stones to perfect your pattern be...
With the pattern set, number the stones in chalk to note the layout. Keeping the stones in order, stack each row to the side. TOH Pro Tip: Take seve...
The patio must slope away from the house or other structure to direct runoff away from the foundation. Grade the slope about 1/8 inch per foot. Keep ...
Using a spade, dig out the topsoil within the patio outline until the dark loam turns to lighter subsoil (typically between 6 and 12 inches). MORE: ...
Set a stake every 2 feet along the graded mason's lines, and run cross strings at the height of the lines, creating a grid across the excavated area. ...
A patio is only as sturdy as the layers beneath it. Even in a natural design like this one, a sturdy base that drains well will prevent stone edges fr...
Pour 1 inch of leveling sand over the base. Using a garden rake, smooth the sand and even out the field until the sand is 1½ inches below the patio fi...
Bluestone is naturally bumpy, so it's important to keep it as even as possible to avoid creating a trip hazard. You can check the stones with a level;...
Set a level across the stones two by two, and fill with or remove sand until they're even and graded appropriately. Fill in with the small stones. Don...
Finish the natural look of the patio by planting moss or other plants that can be tread on between the stones. Hose down the patio to help lock in th...
Dip dry moss into a bucket of water and press it into the soil. Plant all the joints and around the edges. MORE: Plants for Paths and Patio Edges, a...
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