02:48PM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 07/30/05
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I am in the process of building a rock patio. I have already established a limestone base that is compacted and level. I am beginning to lay the rocks which are various thicknesses and will also need to be leveled. can i use a 3-4" layer of topsoil over the gravel base to level and sweep soil between the voids in the rock to secure them? I am going to have gaps between the rocks for an "old world" look with grass and ornamental moss growing between the rocks. I have been told the only way is to use concrete under each rock (300+ rocks) to level them and then pet soil between them. Please help.



09:10PM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 12/27/02
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Sand would be better. The topsoil would defeat the base. Plus it is dependent on the rock and how flat of a profile they have.. you don't want to add to much sand either as it will eventually wash out over time. You will need to level out the tops by removing more of the base as needed basically, then fill in the voids with sand.

Also to expedite the moss growth take a pinch of the existing and place it in various location and water well for the first week or so.. it'll fill in rather quickly if your location isn't in direct sunlight.

I'm not an expert by any means on hardscaping, my expertise is more on decks, so someone with more knowledge may offer better advice?

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


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