Steps to Dry Laying a Flagstone Patio
We are in the process of laying a flagstone patio and I was hoping for some help. Everywhere I read, there is different advice on how/what to do. We plan to lay Arizona flagstone (without mortar). Can someone post step by step instructions?
What I have so far is to mark the area with spraypaint, dig out to 8", level grade & compact the soil, put down landscape fabric, place 3" of gravel (some say 4"), place 3" sand (what kind? also what kind of gravel?), level and compact, then lay flagstones, then fill in cracks w/some type of sand (not sure what type).
Also, since the patio will be meeting with the edge of the lawn, and a planting bed, should we sink some plastic edging between the two to prevent the sand from moving/mixing w/ the soil? Or use 2" x 6" to make a form?
Thanks for any tips. Let me know if I should post any more info. We are planning to purchase 3/4 x 2" flagstone