Caring for Your Flagstone Patio

Flagstone makes a beautiful patio to enjoy and brings a natural element to your outdoor living space. It can last for decades and is a wonderful choice for creating a lovely patio for your home. Flagstone is also low maintenance, but it is not completely without need for care. Weeds can grow between the pavers and moss can overtake the surface if your pavers are not maintained. To keep your flagstone patio looking beautiful, here are a few tips.

  • Preventing moss. Moss loves to grow on wet rocks and flagstone can be inviting to the green fungi. You can clean moss off your flagstone by scraping it away, but it will come back if you don’t plan for prevention. Dryness and light are your best tools to keep away moss. Keep sprinklers away from your pavers and cut back branches to let sunshine warm your stones to prevent moss growth.
  • Weed prevention. While you can pull the weeds and grass between your pavers or use weed control solutions, you will want to consider having the pavers reset for smaller spaces if you continue having weed growth. A professional paver installer can help reset your flagstone and add preventive fillers to reduce the number of weeds and keep maintenance low for your patio.

If you are only considering adding a flagstone patio, understanding the simple ways to keep it beautiful should be another selling point. Unlike many other patio materials, flagstone is naturally meant to withstand the elements and has already survived for many years in the outdoors. It is a gorgeous addition to any outdoor space and is easy to keep looking wonderful if you know the tricks to keep moss and weeds away.

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Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-061

Difference Between Fieldstone and Flagstone

If you are considering a natural stone landscaping project, flagstones and fieldstones are likely to pop up in any research you do on the subject. Both are very popular for paving, retaining walls and for structures like fire pits. They both are durable and beautiful, but which is the best for your project? Here is a basic overview of both types of natural stone to help you determine which is the right option for your next landscaping project.

Fieldstone Basics

Simply, fieldstones are rough stones that are often found in fields or other above ground areas. Unlike many stones that are quarried, fieldstones are naturally formed, not cut from large layers of rock. These stones have broken off mountains and cliffs, many from glaciers, floods and other natural occurrences. Their beauty and shape are derived from many years of exposure to the elements.

Fieldstone is wonderful for creating unique, natural stone structures or focal points. They are irregular in shape, so they are better for rock fencing, garden ponds and fire pits, but can be used for a garden path.

Flagstone

Flagstone is a quarried stone, usually limestone or bluestone, cut into flat pavers. These stones can be cut in similar shapes or sizes, and come in a variety of colors, depending on the quarry location. Flagstones can be used for siding, fireplaces and many natural stone surfaces, but are one of the most popular options for natural stone paving. Flagstones are wonderful for patios, walkways and around your pool.

Before your next natural stone project, visit your local quarry that offers both options of natural stone. Your can view the different options available and make the best choice for your project.

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Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

What is the Difference Between Fieldstone and Flagstone?

If you are planning a natural stone project for your home or yard, you may have been looking at the different stones available for your project. Two of the most common stones used are fieldstones and flagstones, both widely available through quality landscape supply stores. So what is the difference between these two varieties? While both can be used to create unique and beautiful structures, each has its own merits and the difference lies in how they are cultivated. 

Fieldstones

As their name suggests, fieldstones are retrieved from fields and other areas, occurring naturally in many regions. These are individual stones in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Fieldstones are valued for the unique and intriguing aesthetic appeal they can lend to fireplaces, retaining walls and other structures. However, they can be used in many other natural stone structures, as well as used as decoration in gardens and in landscaped yards. 

Flagstones

Unlike fieldstones, flagstones are usually harvested from rock quarries from the layers of sedimentary rock. These stones are usually flat and cut into slabs of similar color, making them perfect for project requiring a level surface. Many beautiful patios, sidewalks and even flooring are made from flagstone. The slab formation of flagstones makes them great for any linear project. 

In some projects, a combination of both types of stones may be used to add different textures and colors. An outdoor fireplace may have fieldstones mortared for the mantle, yet use flagstones for the base and fire pit. 

Fieldstones and flagstones can come from many different regions, but some of the most beautiful varieties are from Tennessee. For your next project using natural stone, talk to your local landscape supplier about ordering either flagstone or fieldstone from Tennessee to add the highest level of quality and beauty to your finished project.

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Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

Add Ambiance to Your Yard with Natural Stone

There are many man-made products available designed to replace natural stone. Cement pavers and poured concrete are some of the more common hardscape materials you see, and are used for many landscape projects. However, there’s truly no replacement for natural stone when it comes to creating ambiance in your yard. Here are a few ways you can incorporate these beautiful stones into your landscaping and outdoor living space.

Walkways and Sidewalks

Invite your guests into your home with style by creating natural stone pathways. Flagstone is a great stone for paving walkways and sidewalks, usually available in long, flat stones which make an excellent walking surface.

Retaining Walls

Whether you need a retaining wall for erosion control or want to tier a slope for more planting space, natural stone can enhance your project. Natural stone walls are classic in design, and bring an old-world style to your yard.

Patios and Pool Deck

Add class to your outdoor space with a natural stone patio or pool deck. Stone will last a lifetime, making it the ultimate material for any flooring, inside or outdoors. Plus, every stone is unique, making your patio or pool deck unlike any other on Earth.

Borders

Even if you aren’t building with stone, you can still add that ambiance to your yard. Use small boulders as borders to provide a natural transition from your lawn to your planting areas.

When you use natural stone, you know your landscaping and building projects will be built to last and add unparalleled beauty to your home. Find a quality supplier to order natural stone for your next landscaping or hardscape project.

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Alliance Stone
5420 Campground Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
(404) 759-0617

Using Authentic Stone Treads For Landscaping

While there are many man-made products which are meant to mimic natural stone, nothing can duplicate all the benefits of real stone in landscaping. For durability and beauty, natural stone is the perfect material for any structure, pathway or stairs that you want to withstand the elements. One of the most versatile products for flat surfaces is flagstone step treads, cut into manageable sizes which make it easier to build the perfect outside stone surface. 

Incorporating Stone Step Treads Into Your Yard

There are several great ways to add the beauty of flagstone step treads into your landscape design. What makes using these stone treads over formed cement or other products so desirable is the unique beauty that each tread can provide. Every stone is different, yet can be cut to uniform sizes to make them excellent for creating a durable, rustic outdoor ground covering. Some ways to use flagstone step treads in your yard include: 

  • Patios. Create a hard, flat surface with the beauty of natural stone. Steps treads can fit together nicely to make both small and large patio areas.
     
  • Pathways. Step treads can be used easily to make a convenient and rustic path through your garden or yard.
     
  • Stairways. For gradual slopes or even steeper hillsides, stone step treads are the perfect material for creating a stairway.  Steps can come in small squares or four-foot-long treads, depending on what you need. 

Talk to your local flagstone provider to find out what sizes of flagstone step treads they carry; quality providers can often create custom sized steps for your specific project. You will love the incredible beauty that flagstone treads can add to your landscaping project, which will last for decades to come.

 Posted on behalf of Culbreth Stone