How to install a flagstone path

Use our easy step-by-step instructions to install your own path in a weekend

Step 1

Norman A. Plate

Step 1

Install benderboard edging first, then put down landscape fabric (available at nurseries) to prevent weeds. Secure fabric edges under the benderboard edging.

Step 2

Norman A. Plate

Step 2

Pour a 2-inch-thick layer of sand over the landscape fabric, raking it smooth. (In rainy areas, put down a 2-inch gravel layer first.)

Flagstone path step 3

Norman A. Plate

Step 3

As you rake, moisten the sand with a fine spray from the hose.

Step 4

Norman A. Plate

Step 4

Firm the sand. Using a drum roller or a hand tamper, pass over the moist sand several times to pack it down.

Step 5

Norman A. Plate

Step 5

Add steppingstones, then wiggle them in so they're firmly embedded.

Step 6

Norman A. Plate

Step 6

To finish, fill cracks between stones with gravel, or ― to hold flagstones more firmly ― use something smaller like decomposed granite.

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