Which stone suits my garden?
Natural stones such as granite or clinker blend in perfectly with the appearance of natural gardens. But they also go well with modern green spaces with rather clear structures. Concrete blocks, which are available in color and with a natural stone look, also open up a wide range of design options and can be easily paved yourself.
- How to set a granite bed surround
- Can I make a stone border myself?
- Can I set a bed border made of granite stones?
Set the stone border
We recommend a finished width of three stones placed just next to each other, the last of which is inserted vertically. Saw a piece of wood to the appropriate length, this will serve as a measuring stick.
Place this on the flowerbed at regular intervals and mark the distance with wooden sticks stuck in the ground. You can stretch a batter board along these or, in the case of curved beds, mark the shape between the pegs with a groundbreaking ceremony. Then dig a trench that should be twice the depth of the stone thickness.
Compact the soil and bring in stones
Then pour a layer of gravel into the pit. So that the ballast layer has sufficient stability, it is compacted with a sledge hammer or another heavy object.
Then spread a mixture of one part cement and four parts sand, in which the stones will later be placed.
- Put stones in the mortar bed
- Gently tap into place with the handle of the mallet so that they form a level surface with the lawn and soil in the flowerbed.
- Lay stones offset, the joints should not be adjacent to each other.
- In the case of curves, make sure that they do not become too wide. As a result, stability suffers.
- If necessary, insert split stones here.
- The third row of stones is placed upright on the side of the flower bed and forms a neat finish.
- Support this with a little sand-cement mixture that is sloping backwards.
Dividing cobblestones is not easy. First, use a carpenter's pencil or chalk to mark the dividing line. Then place the chisel on the line and work with the hammer until the stone breaks at the desired point.