Landscape blocks allow homeowners to replace turf grass with a solid alternative and create stylish pathways, garden walls, raised flowerbeds and border areas of their lawn that enhance appearance and curb appeal. Various options for landscaping blocks are available, allowing homeowners to select one according to their tastes. Stone blocks such as fieldstone, flagstone, limestone and quarry stone are commonly used because they are attractive and have a natural look that enables them to blend with the surroundings. Best of all, installing landscape blocks is relatively simple.
Measure the length and width of the area where you want to install landscape stone block and multiply the figure to determine the square footage. Also determine how high you want the feature to be so you know how many levels of block to use.
Dig a 5- to 8-inch deep trench as wide as the blocks over the selected spot. Insert stakes at the corners and extend garden wire through them to make sure the trench is level. Also level the base of the trench with the back of a shovel.
Spread a 1-inch-thick layer of fine coarse gravel or sand into the excavated area to help improve drainage and provide a stable foundation to the landscape stone blocks. It also protects the stone from sinking into soft soils with the passage of time. Level the surface so it is even.
Lower the first layer of blocks over the gravel or sand, spacing them 3/8 inch apart for a garden wall or raised flowerbed. Pour gravel or dirt into the gaps for added stability. Depending on the desired height of your project, stagger remaining layers of blocks to enhance appearance and make it more secure.
Break the blocks to size to use at the corners, maintaining the staggered effect. Position a chisel on the block at the desired spot and pound it down with a hammer until it splits.
Place parallel rows of stone blocks flush against each other for a pathway or to serve as a replacement for turf grass, and press each into the sand gently for better stability.