We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Should I Know About Laying Flagstone?

By Ken Black
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
About Mechanics is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At About Mechanics, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Technically speaking, laying flagstone is one of the easiest jobs a home landscaper can do, but the effects are among the most dramatic. Laying flagstone is a landscaping choice that can change the entire look of any given area of the home. While they are most commonly associated with patios, the stones can be used in a number of different applications.

Installing flagstone begins with choosing an area you would like to remodel and then buying the appropriate stones. Generally speaking, choosing stones of similar depth is key to producing a nice, level area. While the nature of flagstone will ensure that you will never get stones of the exact depth, an approximation is important. For those who cannot find stones of similar depth, there are other ways to correct for the problem.

While nearly any area can be used for laying flagstone, it makes it a much easier job if there is a level area. The area should be dug out by shovel and then leveled as smoothly as possible. The excavated portion should be be approximately 4 inches (10 cm) deep over the entire area and outlined with forms. Then, sand should be used to fill in a couple of inches (5 cm) of what has just been dug out. After filling in with sand, the entire area should be leveled with a plank or some other tool.

After the sand has been leveled, there are still a couple of other steps needed before the actual laying of the stone. The next step to laying flagstone is to water the area and make sure it is packed down good with a tamping tool. Then, laying a good landscaping fabric to prevent weed growth should be done.

Finally, it is time for the stones. While laying flagstone can be a tough task on the back, this is, perhaps, the easiest part of the project, technically speaking. In some cases stones may need to be cut. This can be done by scoring the line where it needs cut with a small groove, then hitting that area with a small sledge hammer. This should be all that is needed as flagstones usually break clean and evenly. If stones are too high or too low, adjust the underlying sand accordingly.

After all the stones have been laid, the final steps to laying flagstone are to pour sand over the stones to fill in any spaces and then remove the forms. These two steps are a couple of the simplest to complete, but the sand is very important. Without filling in all the spaces, the stones could shift and possibly even move out of place.

About Mechanics is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.