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By their nature, these outdoor floors must withstand heavy use and the stresses caused by seasonal weather. You will have to carefully select materials, keeping in mind the style and purpose of the area as well as the climate in your region. There are a variety of materials available. Brick, stone, concrete, wood, and gravel can be used alone or in combinations to create attractive, durable outdoor surfaces. Look for ways to repeat materials used elsewhere in your landscape or house. For example, if you have an attractive wood fence , use the same type of wood to create a boardwalk that flows through your flower beds or garden.
Pull the screed from one end of the walkway to the other, adding sand as needed to create a level base. Step D: Lay the Flagstones 1. Beginning at one corner of the walkway, lay the flagstones onto the sand base. Repeat the arrangement you created in Step B, with %- to 2"-wide gaps between stones. 2. If necessary, add or remove sand to level the stones, then set them by tapping them with a rubber mallet or a length of 2 x 4. Step E: Add Sand Between the Stones 1. Fill the gaps between the stones with sand.
Then float the surface using a magnesium float. _ COLORING YOUR CONCRETE PATH Coloring gives molded concrete a more natural-looking finish and is great for blending your path or walkway into your landscape design. Adding colorant to the concrete mix is the easiest method and produces consistent results: 1. For every two 60-lb. or SO-lb. bags of dry concrete mix, first blend one lO-oz. ~ of liquid cement color with 5 quarts of clean water. Mix the liquid into the dry concrete until the color is uniform.