Jacquelyn Parks. Patio. May 02nd , 2017.
Poinsettias are in season and their vibrant red, white or pink hues, combined with their green leaves, are enough to add color to any gray and dismal outdoor area. Go to your local supermarket or nursery and stock up on a few of these plants. You can keep them in containers or plant beds outside, but bring them back inside or cover them up if the outdoor temperatures get extremely cold or if a freeze is expected. Be sure to keep them away from pets though. Poinsettias are only mildly toxic to animals, but it's better safe than sorry!
In the Northeastern US, most suggest using at least a 4-6 inch base of crushed stone, and even up to 7 inches is recommended due to harsh winter weather. For brick pavers, this means that you'll need to dig to about 9\" depth, since the pavers are 2 inches in height. Since this is a lot of digging, it may be one of the primary reasons to hire a landscape company.
Finally, after laying out a 1 inch conduit pipe on both edges, fill the area with paver base and by means of the pipes as a guide begin the screeding (or leveling) process using a long board. The conduits will later be removed and the trenches left behind filled in with sand.
Bluestone comes in a few different colors. The two nicest are all blue and full range. All blue is where the stones are \"blue\" with little color variation. Full range is my favorite. There is a mix of colors within each stone consisting of blue, gold-brown (from iron) and some other tones.
Next, measure and mark the region that you will be paving. Allow an extra 6-8 inches beyond the furthest dimensions of the patio to provide a firm base for the entire area of pavers and to allow for minor adjustments during the laying and cutting in of the pavers. Place stakes at the edges of the markings and attach a string line to the stakes at the final height.
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