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slate or flagstone look?

Posted by megajas z7 VA (My Page) on
Mon, May 14, 07 at 7:40

Hello,
We are beginning to renovate the back yard, starting with 140' x 4' high srw block retaining wall. Our middle (lower) tier has a large hex walkway with pathing and a center round bed... the walkway is currently done in gravel & weeds. I was interested in pouring-in-place stepping stones that would look like a flagstone or slate walkway/patio and was wondering what the best way to do that is. I like the look of the irregular patterns/shapes best. We have dad's old cement "cobblestone" path mold that we could use, but I was hoping for larger stone areas than those in the mold. Thanks for any help on mixtures/colors and shaping!

-Bonnie


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RE: slate or flagstone look?

I've seen people make large isles of concrete or hypertufa. They just dig a long ditch in the dirt, border up the sides with some wood and pour their mix in.

After about 48 hours, they'll prop it up, and break it off with a sledge hammer. This creates that flagstone look.


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Ideas for slate walkway in South Dakota

My Daughter lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She and her husband created a slate stone walkway to their house, but the stones are loose and move a lot. Their soil is very dry with a lot of slate mixed in. What can they use to keep the slate stones in place, and add a nice green filler for between the stones? Something inexpensive.


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