Oak Forest DG and flagstone walkways

This couple has done a lot of beautiful work on/around their home on their own, but called us in for the more heavy-duty work with the walkways. My before photo doesn’t show it all, but the old concrete walkway from the door had two problems. It didn’t connect to the front door, so they set up these large cobble-style pavers to wobble the rest of the way up. Secondly, they have 3 large oaks on the property – two of which were gradually popping up and shifting the concrete. No, sirs!

We broke out the old concrete and drove the rubble to be recycled at Southern Crushed Concrete on Lockwood in East End. If you go there, drive in, turn left, drive all the way around, and dump (concrete only!) on the backside of the massive pile they have there. If things change, I’m sure they’ll correct you. Otherwise, there isn’t really anyone out there and definitely don’t expect help (or bathrooms), just feel good about the fact that you’re actively recycling and get your workout on.

Most stone/paver suppliers will have broken materials on hand. Since flag patterns are so common and/or anything can be ground down into a just-as-useful gravel, don’t expect a discount from this scratch-and-dent section. You can still buy it in good conscience – that you’re saving it from further petroleum-fueled processing, and you’re preserving a million-year-old stone that still has beautiful, natural surface detail from bioturbation. Feel free to cross your fingers for a discount… doesn’t hurt.

From what I’ve heard/seen, you make a flag(stone) pattern by taking a slab of limestone, putting down a cloth or cardboard, then whacking it into submission… I mean, multiple pieces. You then fit those pieces back together for your hardscape. However, when you take whatever scrap or broken pieces you can find in a stone yard, you end up with a cornucopia of shapes and colors. This is what you see in the finished limestone portion of the walkway, and I kind of love it that way. Charcoal, chocoloate, champagne, etc.

I only made sure that they were at one point in time the 2-1/4″ thick slab cuts so I only have irregularities on the outside edges and not top/bottom – you can see that in the 2nd photo. That limestone that has irregular edges on ALL sides make my OCD flare up. You have to sink them so they don’t wobble, but the finished product is almost inevitably wonky and trip-hazzardish. I do myself a favor and get a smooth base that I can place on a smooth pad of torpedo sand, on an even thicker, compacted pad of crushed limestone/road base.

The pathways across the front left and the one that wrapped around the right side and back to the garage were different sections of dirt, swampy mud, and thick grass. We paved the a wrap-around walkway with Decomposed Granite, so you can comfortably walk around to either side of their backyard.