Using natural paving stones for driveways is certainly a much more durable option than most. When using quality paving suppliers or paving supplies they are flexible enough to withstand years of use without cracking or chipping. Though they are relatively low maintenance, there will come a time that the driveway paving stones or slabs need to be changed. Read more
A stepping stone path made with paving slabs not only helps protect your feet from mud and moisture but can save your lawn and garden from being trampled underfoot as well. Creating a stepping stone pathway with stone paving is an easy DIY project, one that you can typically complete in a single day.
Planning the Design
Use garden stakes and heavy string or cording to establish your pathway’s boundaries and to ensure that the paving slabs stay level as you lay them down. Consider the stride of the people who will be using the path when laying out your design so that there’s a surface underneath for each step. Stepping stone paths can be laid in either straight or curved designs. For curved designs, tighten the spacing on the inside edge of the arc and widen it on the outside edge.
Preparing the Surface
If laying your path across a lawn, use an edging tool to cut out the outline of each stone, and then cut deep into the lawn with a spade to remove the turf and its roots. For each stone paving slab, dig down to a depth that’s equal to the stone’s thickness plus at least four centimetres. Take measurements from the mason line running from each corner garden stake to ensure that depths are even.
Laying the Base
Create a supportive base for your stone paving using crushed stone or gravel. Use a rake to level the base and a hand tamper to compact it. Pour a thin layer of sand over the base to use as a levelling course so that you can nudge the paving stone into the perfect position. Set the sand by spraying it with a fine mist of water before laying the stones.
A well-designed stepping stone path helps you control the natural flow of foot traffic through your landscape whilst adding functionality and artistry to your garden as well. For long-lasting results, choose quality precision-cut paving slabs from S&N Granite. Our extensive selection ensures that you’ll find the perfect choice for your stepping stone path.
Contact us through our contact page for any enquiries or visit our expansive outdoor stone paving and garden display area in Co. Wexford.
Natural stone paving provides you with a stylish yet functional way to transform an ordinary deck or patio into a fashionably elegant terrace or courtyard. Whether you prefer a traditional or contemporary style, a broad selection of colours, designs and patterns ensures that you find the ideal choice. Here are some of the latest and greatest ideas for paving that are drawing attention from discriminating home-owners. Read more
The paving material that you choose for your garden will define both the functionality and the style of the space. Garden paths, patios and terraces not only need to stand up to foot traffic but to the constant assault of sun, wind, rain and snow too. For its durability and resistance to weather, stone paving is a supremely practical choice, and it’s hard to match natural stone for sheer beauty as well. The following tips can help you select the stone paving material best for you. Read more
Keep your natural stone paving looking its best by keeping it well maintained. If it starts to get overrun with weeds, moss, marks & stains and if they are left to settle in, then the stone will begin to get stained and damage will start to set it. When cleaning your stone paving be careful of the products you use, as some common cleaning methods or products may not be suitable and may mark or stain your paving slabs or your stone paving driveway. Read more
One of the great joys of home ownership is the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature in your own backyard or garden. Hardscape features like patios, walkways and retaining walls help tame nature’s wild side, allowing you to get the most pleasure from your outdoor environment. From paving slabs for a country garden path to precision-cut sandstone paving for a formal courtyard, stone paving marries the natural appeal of your landscape with enhanced functionality. Read more
When properly installed and maintained, a paving stone drive or walkway will provide decades of functional service while enhancing the beauty of your property. Expert installation and routine care are essential when it comes to ensuring that your paving slabs or stones can withstand harsh winter weather. Natural stone is a durable but porous material that requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking its best.
Whether creating a path for the garden, laying a front drive for the home or paving a central courtyard for a business complex, the right material ensures that the result is as functional as it is attractive. Factors to consider when choosing between concrete paving and natural stone paving include cost, upkeep, durability; these factors will determine how well the material complements the surroundings. Read more
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