I'm getting ready to get a new lawn put in (sod, that is.) I also want to
use a lot of flagstones for stepping stone walkways. Which should I put
down first, the sod or the stones? I.e., lay the sod around the stones, or
lay the sod and then cut holes for the stones? Just curiosity, since
somebody smart is probably going to do it for me. But I thought I'd ask.
The following is a value judgement on stepping stones:
Whether you install them before or after sodding, lawns have a way of
overgrowing stepping stones and they are hell to trim around, tilt and rock
over time, get mossy, and are easy to trip on, albeit quaint and rustic
Have you considered putting in flagstone walkways, with close-fitted puzzle
pieces style, proper curving edging, and compacted baserock and sand base?
Put in that way, they last for years, are easy to trim around, drain
properly, and do not tilt. There are lots of how-to books on pathways in the
big box stores, and I heartily advise you learn well what is needed, so even
if you farm it out, you will know how to specify and supervise the work.
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