3:53 PM 05/04/2012
I'm finally getting to the back yard after a year long (on and off) renovation. I would love to get thoughts on what material people used and/or recommend as filler for the gaps between bluestone pavers; sand, packed crushed stone or poly-sand? (or something else?)
This is for a patio in my back yard. All stones laid on gravel, then crushed stone compacted base.
Any thoughts/experience/advice is much appreciated. Thank you!
You can put a sandy soil mixture and have things like thyme its small compact and when you walk on it gives a wonderful scent. The nice thing about sandy soil is you can put plants that are brand named stepables and have green in between. You can do small pebbles that way you have a rhythmic change from solid to bumpy. the Polymears are OK but they do have to be periodicaly done. The best thing about soil or pebbles is that the water drains straight into the earth no run off or no puddles. Look up Stepables I think you'll be amazed with the variety and wonderous possibilities.
10:48 PM 05/04/2012 | 0 Votes
If you go the route of creeping thyme, rather than polymer, check out Pink Lemonade from Mountain Valley Growers. It smells like lemon thyme, and has lovely pink flowers. I also love the look of pea gravel with bluestone pavers, with just a caveat: soft fillings can be hard on tricycles, scooters and heels, so if you have ladies and young children, maybe polymer is your best option.
8:02 AM 05/05/2012 | 0 Votes
We used pea gravel when we laid our bluestone terrace but now, 3 years later, it's all been washed out or brushed away. But not a big deal to us and we used a lot of irregularly sized salvaged stone which probably didn't help. But I would always choose to keep the cracks drainable. In these days of sometimes unexpected, heavy rains you really want the water to have a place to go.
1:43 PM 05/08/2012 | 0 Votes