Laying a Cobblestone Walkway The Proper Way
Beauty That Will Last
There are numerous types of materials you can use to create that walkway or patio you want. One of those materials is cobblestones. A cobblestone walkway or patio will add a rich and formal look to your backyard and while being a little more work to install they are well worth the effort. They are definitely a backyard idea worth checking out.
When choosing your cobblestones you will notice that they come in two varieties. These are loose stone and stones attached a web backing. Both of these materials will provide you with a great end product, but the web backed stones will help installation go more quickly. Once you have your stones purchased next will come the fun part, installing them.
In the video below put together by Gary Entrope he will walk you through preparing the installation surface, borders and tools you will need to complete the task. Here are a few of the key points contained in the video.
- Tools you will need include a stone chisel, mallet, tamping hammer and level.
- You will need a border for the cobblestones as well as a gravel hard base and a sand setting base. The sand base should be a minimum of 6 cm (2 3/8”).
- When laying the stones avoid lining up joints across stones, always stagger joints if possible.
- Use the level as you lay the stones to make sure they are flat and level.
- Periodically make checks to insure that the faces of the cobblestones are remaining parallel with their eventual endpoint.
- When filling the cracks between stones after installation use a sand/cement mixture and broom it into the joints.
- Hose down the entire surface of the cobblestones thoroughly to make sure that the sand/cement mixture is thoroughly wet.
Once you finish watching the video below you’ll have pretty good idea what is going to be involved in installing your new cobblestone walkway.