Creating a Curved Flagstone Walkway

Flagstone is a stunning natural paving option for walkways. You can create paths that curve around your garden on your own if you know the tricks. A curved flagstone walkway is a great DIY project that can save you hundreds of dollars over hiring a professional. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started on building a gorgeous flagstone walkway with curves.

Outline Your Path

You can use a garden hose to create the outline of your curved walkway. This gives you a chance to try different options to find the look you desire. Make sure it is wide enough to walk on comfortably and avoid going over tree roots – these can cause problems down the road if they reach the surface. Once you choose a design, use spray paint to mark the outline of the walkway and calculate the square footage you will be covering.

Choose Your Flagstone

Flagstone comes in a variety of colors, shapes and thickness. Choose flagstone that is about 3” thick for walkways, reducing the chance it will crack, but thin enough to cut if needed. You will want natural shapes and various sizes to help you build your walkway and enough to fill the square footage needed. Your landscape supplier can help you choose the right stones for your project.

Build Your Walkway

You will need to dig about five inches down to build your walkway, then cover it with landscape fabric. Layer two inches of sand and tamper it down. Start in the middle of the path, putting pieces of flagstone in place like a puzzle. On the edges, trace the line where the stone overlaps the outline to make cuts in the stone to fit inside your pathway outline. Add small pieces between bigger stones to reduce gaps. Sweep fine sand over your flagstone to fill in between the stones.

It does take patience and hard work, but you can build a curved flagstone walkway that will be beautiful and functional. Carefully plan your project and take your time to ensure it turns out like you envision.

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Culbreth Stone
1968 US-41
Pelham, TN 37366
(423) 930-8249

Add Value to Your Home with Flagstone Step Treads

Few materials are as beautiful and durable for landscaping as flagstone, which is why it is such a sought-after stone for hardscapes. There are many landscaping projects that can be enhanced with flagstone, including patios, walkways and fireplaces. Another use for flagstone is step treads, which can be a stunning way to add value and beauty to your home. Here are a few ways to use flagstone for natural step treads on your property.

Hill Staircase

Do you have a slope or hill on your property? Flagstone can be used to create a staircase to make it easier to navigate sloped areas while adding a lovely touch to your landscaping. The irregular shapes and unique colors blend perfectly with your hillside, while adding a functional staircase.

Sunken Patio or Firepit

Adding a sunken patio or firepit to your backyard can transform the look and style of your landscape design. Consider using flagstone for the step treads leading down into your sunken area for a gorgeous feature. Pair it with flagstone for the retaining wall, patio or firepit for a jaw-dropping focal point to your outdoor space.

Front Steps

Want a different look for your home’s entryway than boring cement or wooden steps? Consider using flagstone for your front step treads. Your local quarry can cut flat, uniform slabs of flagstone to create unique front steps leading to your door.

Flagstone can be used in so many ways in your landscaping and will last for decades. If you are looking for an interesting material to create natural step treads, consider the benefits of flagstone. Talk to your local quarry about size, color and shape options for your next landscaping project, including outdoor staircases.

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

Upgrade your Pool Design with Flagstone

Did you notice this last summer that your pool deck is looking old and faded? Maybe it was never that wonderful to begin with…many pools have plain cement for decking, which is affordable but not the most beautiful material. If you want to change the look of your pool area to give it a makeover for the next swimming season, consider a flagstone pool deck. Here are some of the benefits of using flagstone to border your pool.

  • Naturally non-slip. Flagstone is great for pool decks in the safety realm. The surface is naturally non-slip, non-skid, making it safe for getting in and out of the pool.
  • Easy to maintain. Flagstone takes very little maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. A quick sweep or hose off is all that is needed to keep it clean and there is no need for any sealant.
  • Longevity. Natural stone has already existed for hundreds of years before it is quarried – you know that it will last a lifetime or more. While it may be more expensive than some other paving options, you get natural stone that will outlast most other products.
  • Beauty. Nothing can outshine natural stone for a pool deck. The look of flagstone is stunning and the stones come in many different colors and shades to choose from for your decking. Plus, every stone is unique, giving you a pool deck that doesn’t look like anyone else’s.

For a classic, beautiful new look for your pool deck, consider the advantages of choosing flagstone. Talk to your local quarry about pricing and options for using flagstone for your pool decking project.

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

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 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. 


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. 


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.


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.

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