Happy Earth Day! What better way is there to enjoy mother nature than by strolling through a beautiful garden path?
A well designed garden path can create an inviting atmosphere for you and your guests, plus it can enhance the functionality of your garden.
There are numerous ways you can create a alluring and fun garden path, you just need to think outside the box! A path that curves and disappears around a corner draws attention to what lies beyond. A straight, narrow path can make a garden appear longer, especially if the end point is hidden. We’ve collected some of our favorite garden path ideas to help inspire your design.
Idea #1. Elegant Entry with Techo Bloc’s Maya Stepping Stone
Techo Bloc’s Maya stone slab is an excellent way to enhance your garden path. These slabs come in 4 different earth tone colors to mimic the natural beauty of real stone.
Idea #2. Broken Beauty
Irregular Bluestone slabs give off a rustic look. The irregularity and sharp edges of the stone will contrast nicely with the delicate softness of your flower surround.
Idea #3. Clean Lines
Lay granite or bluestone pattern stock in crushed stone to create a minimalist garden path with clean lines. You may opt to surround the granite with black Mexican beach pebbles to give a striking contrast.
Idea #4. Playing with Texture
To expand on Idea #3, try creating landings out of bluestone or granite pattern and alternate with crushed stone. These varying layers of texture and rectangular forms will create visual appeal.
Idea #5. Staggered Lines
Instead of laying stone in a straight line, mix it up by staggering 12″ x 36″ stone planks. The alternating stones draws the eye from side to side and creates an elongated appearance.
Idea #6. Geometric Intrigue
There are many versatile ways to lay brick and one option for your garden path is to make basket weave squares. Brick is timeless and it’ll add charm to your garden.
Another option is to surround a 12″ x 12″ bluestone square to create colorful garden steppers.
Let us know which garden path design was your favorite in the comments below!
You can find all these materials at TLC Supply in Quincy, MA. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!
Before you go, be sure to check out last year’s Earth Day post on Permeable Pavers.
The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout!
Make your outdoor living space the envy of every charcoal chef in the neighborhood!
Bring together the pleasures of good food, warm weather, and the company of friends and family into your backyard! With an outdoor kitchen or grill island entertaining has never been better; you can prepare meals and be around your guests with minimal time spent running back and forth between the kitchen.
Transform a boring stainless steel grill into a wonderful work of art with natural stone veneer. Stone veneer comes in many different colors and shapes so whether your style is Rustic, Colonial, Contemporary, Modern, Tuscan or Log Cabin, you can create a beautiful outdoor kitchen that is tailored to your unique taste.
Pre-assembled outdoor kitchens and grills are available but our helpful guide will show you how to spice up your outdoor grill by creating a natural stone veneer grill island at a fraction of the cost!
7 Step Guide to Build a Natural Stone Veneer Grill Island
Step 1: Build the Frame
Before you begin your project there are a few things to take into consideration. Think about your entertaining needs and your budget. You will also want to determine the best location for your kitchen, the size requirements, design layout, countertop placement, and the appliances you’ll need. Finally, you must choose the best materials and equipment for accomplishing all your goals.
There are many options you can build an outdoor grill island out of but using concrete block as your frame is affordable, weather and fire resistant, and can be easy to work with. A good height to build your frame up to is 38 inches. This is a comfortable height for elbow resting and food preparation.
Be sure to build on a paved and level surface. Create open boxes in your design to allow for steel doors, drawers, or other storage compartments or to conceal a propane tank for a gas grill.
Step 2: Calculate Stone Veneer
Calculate the square footage of the area. Veneer stone is available in corner pieces and flat pieces. Corners are sold by the linear foot and flats are sold by the square foot.Be sure to subtract the areas that will be used for doors and other storage openings!
Step 3: Stone Veneer Layout
Lay out the stone on a flat surface to create a visual template of how you will place them on the finished grill island. It is helpful to start with the corner pieces and then fill the inside. Pieces may need to be cut to lay flush against the ground. Cut the pieces with a wet saw using a carbide or diamond tip blade. Be sure to wear protective eyewear and follow proper safety measures when cutting stone veneer.
Step 4: Apply Polymer Modified Mortar
We recommend using Ardex X5 which is a highly versatile, polymer modified mortar with an easy to apply creamy consistency. Ardex X5 will adhere to concrete block without the use of fabric or wire mesh. Using a trowel, apply a 1/4 inch layer of Ardex X5 to the back of the stone. Place the stone onto the wall and wiggle it gently to ensure even coating and a secure bond. If the mortar seeps out use a damp cloth to wipe it away.
Step 5: Point
Once the stone is in place you can grout the joints using Type S mortar mix. Use a joint slicker to carve out the wet mortar joints. Clean the stone with a damp cloth if any mortar gets on the surface of the stone.
Building a patio out of paving stones or “interlocking concrete pavers” can be a beautiful and valuable addition to your home and can offer a durable, low maintenance area for you and your family to enjoy. You may opt to hire a professional mason but with these 10 steps you can install a paver patio all on your own!
Here are 10 Steps to help you build your very own outdoor paver patio!
Step 1: Plan
Determine what kind of paver you would like to use for your patio. There are many paving stone manufacturer’s to choose from that offer pavers in many different shapes, colors, sizes, and cost.
Did You Know?TLC Supply carries only the highest quality pavers backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee.
During this stage you will also want to determine the size, length, and design of your patio. Next, calculate your square footage to determine how much material you will need by multiplying length by width. You may even prefer to make a pattern.Research your selected paver manufacturer to see what patterns you can make with their pavers. Some patterns will require more or less pavers. Call TLC Supply for help in determining the amount of pavers you may need.
Step 2: Prepare the area
Clear any plants, roots, large rocks, or existing material that may interfere with the patio or cause unevenness.
Step 3: Mark the area
Use chalk line to mark out the area and if you are doing a curved design you can use a garden hose to mark the shape you wish to take and trace with chalk or paint. Then drive stakes into the ground following your laid out sketch. Wrap string around the stakes to outline the perimeter of the patio. Be sure to keep the string level so that your patio will be leveled.
Tip: It is actually the law to call your local utility company or “Dig Safe” and have them identify any buried gas, water, or electrical lines before you start digging.
Step 4: Excavate
Measure the thickness of your paver then dig a depth of 6”-8” below the bottom of the paver. This excavation should also allow room so that the pavers end up being flush with the ground. To avoid puddling you will want to slightly slope the patio in one direction so water can run off.
Tip:You can lay boards across the area and use a level to help you determine the slope.
Step 5: Back Fill
Fill the sunken area with 4”-6” of base material such as ¾” dense grade. This will help provide a solid base and aid in proper water percolation into the soil.
Tip: Fill the area with dense grade in 2” increments and compact with a machine plate compacter. This will ensure that the material is tightly packed. Pour another 2” of dense grade and repeat the steps until everything is compacted evenly to a depth of about 6”.You can even spray the area with water to help keep the dust down when tampering.
Step 6: Sand
Apply a 1”-2” layer of concrete sand over the dense grade and compact it.
Tip:We recommend concrete sand rather than mason sand because it will provide more stability and assist in water percolation.
Now lay down two pieces of round level piping and push it a little into the sand. Depending on the width of your patio you may need to use a longer or shorter pipe. Doing this is going to help ensure your base is level before applying the pavers. Now spread more sand to make sure it is flush with the pipe. You can use a 2 x 4 to screed the sand to a smooth surface. If you cut a 1 3⁄4-in.-deep notch at each end of the 2 x 4, you can rest the notches on the edge restraints while you pull the 2 x 4 across the sand. Once the area is leveled, gently remove the pipe and fill the void with sand and smooth the area out.
Step 7: Lay the Pavers
Start laying the pavers in your desired pattern. Keep the pavers close together and gently press them down with a rubber mallet. If a paver is uneven you can tap it down more into place. If a paver is too low you can add a little sand to the area and rest the paver on top. To better fit pieces you may need to use a wet saw or a paver guillotine to cut pieces to the desired measurement.
Step 8: Edging
Add plastic edging to the sides to define the perimeter of the walkway and to hold the pavers in place. Hold the edging in place with spikes. We recommend B.E.A.S.T. Plastic Paver Edging for its strength and flexibility. B.E.A.S.T. edging comes in 8 ft. sections and can be nailed in with 10” or 12” spikes. This edging is also made from recycled material and it allows for the growth of vegetation.
Step 9: Fill Paver Joints
When you finish laying the pavers pour polymeric sand over the top and gently sweep the sand over the whole area to fill the joints. Tamper the top to ensure compaction. You may need to add more sand and fill the joints again. When the joints are compacted and filled you should sweep away any excess sand with a broom. We highly suggest lightly blowing over the area with a leaf blower to ensure that the sand is off the surface of the pavers (polymeric sand will harden when wet). Then you will want to mist the patio with water to secure the sand and pavers.
Tip: We recommend using polymeric sand over mason sand because it contains binders that help maintain a firm bond between the pavers which in turn help to secure them in place.
Step 10: Touch Up
Fill in any missing areas with topsoil or grass. The roots of the grass will grow through the holes in the edge restraint to further lock it in place. You also can also add cobble stones or paver edging and even plant flowers or shrubs for a finishing touch to your patio.
Tip: Decorate your patio with furniture or even add a pergola, an easy to assemble fire pit, or you can even veneer the front of a grill to create an outdoor kitchen! The possibilities are endless in your new outdoor living space. Fill it with things that make you and your family happy.
Recommended: We highly recommend sealing your pavers with a breathable sealer to help prevent any staining.
*You can always follow this guide to install a paver walkway as well.
10 Hardscape Ideas You Can Do to Enhance Your Backyard Living!
Incorporating hardscape into your landscape design is a great way to add major curb appeal and value to your home.
There are many ways you can create an enticing and beautiful backyard and/or frontyard that your whole family will enjoy for years to come. Check out these ideas below!
Idea #1:Use various colors and textures to create eye catching paver patterns and mosaics.
Idea #2: Include custom design work by engraving your stone.
Idea #3:Bring the waterpark to your backyard with permeable pavers by building a fountain play area for kids or pets.
Idea #4:Entertain your guests with outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens, fireplace kits, and recessed seating areas.
Idea #5:Add decorative paver edging and cobble stones to a garden or create raised planters to keep pet’s out of your beautiful flowers.
Idea #6: Dress up a garden with natural stepping stone, garden stones, or slate pavers.
Idea #7: Create the illusion of separate spaces by using different pavers in various areas and separating spaces with retaining wall systems or pillars.
Idea #8: Light up the night with paver and outdoor lighting.
Idea #9: Bring the resort spa into your backyard with natural stone and stone veneer.
Idea #10: Relax with the soothing sound of an outdoor water feature or pond.
Start planning your springtime hardscape project with TLC Supply. We are open year round so come on down with your plans, pictures, and ideas. Beat the rush by planning early and let us dedicate our time to you so that you can create the wonderful outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming of all winter.