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How to Install Patio Stones

By Katy Lindamood ; Updated September 21, 2017

Landscaping a house is a time consuming process. However, the finished product makes it worthwhile. Using stones to create a patio allows the homeowner to create designs and patterns. When patio stones are installed properly, the finished product is a beautiful area where friends and family can enjoy the outdoors for years to come.

Measure the area where the patio stones will be laid.

Visit the local hardware store or landscaping center to determine which patio stones you would like to purchase. Speak with a sales associate regarding the type of stone that will be appropriate for your project. These associates are trained to help customers choose the right amount of stone. They may also be able to provide you with helpful tips for laying the patio stones.

Level the area where the stones will be laid. You may need to use a shovel to remove some of the excess soil from the area. A hand tamper can also be used to pack the dirt down to a level surface.

Measure the height of patio stones that will be installed so that you know how much sand to place under them. You do not want your patio stones to stick to far above the surrounding area.

Make a base for the patio block using paver sand. This sand can be purchased at most hardware stores or home centers.

Lay patio stones out in a rough pattern of the finished project. Start from the middle of the area, and work your way to the edges. Place each stone as close as possible to the one beside it.

Complete project by sweeping sand across the patio block.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Patio Stones
  • Hand Tamper
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Tape Measure
  • Hardware Store
  • Level
  • Broom

Tips

  • Arrange to have patio block delivered to your home, especially if you will be purchasing a large quantity.
  • For the first week and after the first rain sweep additional sand into the crevices between the blocks. This will keep them from shifting over time.

About the Author

 

Based in Kentucky, Katy Lindamood is a full-time freelance writer. She has been writing for magazines and professional websites since 2006 and has a background in retail management and home improvement. Lindamood holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and human resources.