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4 Tips for Cobblestone
How to lay cobbles
Remove all vegetation and soil to a depth of around 12 inches. For easy manoeuvring, dig between 4 and 6 inches around the intended edges of your setting.
With a wooden tamper, firmly press down to thoroughly compact the base. Pour 10 inches of gravel and compact it with the wooden tamper. Pour 1.5 inches of coarse bedding sand and compact again with the wooden tamper.
Spread at least 2 inches of cement. It should be deep enough to submerge stones halfway once laid. Once laid, the cobblestone paver will be even with the ground. Roughly smooth the cement with a brick trowel.
Press the cobbles close together to create a surface with few gaps for weeds to inhabit.
Routine care for cobblestone will prolong the finish on your outdoor area. Sweep the cobbles regularly with a stiff broom to clear any moss or other spores which can start to grow in between the stones.
When rinsing, avoid using a power washer as high water pressure will cause the stones to loosen and shift. If you do notice any loose stones, dampen the sand a little and compact firmly and replace the cobblestone straight away.
If your cobblestone paver is near your braai area, apply a waterproof sealer in the area to prevent the stones from becoming stained and discoloured.
Fix Leaky Building Syndrome homes
If your house struggles with damp, you should look into installing cladding and eaves as a remedy. Leaky Building Syndrome occurs when the design of your house is incorrectly configured for adequate water tightness.
Signs of Leaky Building Syndrome include high moisture readings, bubbles in paint caused by water penetration behind the plaster and waterlogged cladding that causes moisture to soak into the bottom plates.
The correct installation of cladding and eaves will keep your house watertight. It will also allow adequate air ventilation in order to dry out the wall cavity.
How to create the perfect cobblestone walkway
For a neat and formal finish in herb garden, rose garden or another formal landscape setting, create a cobblestone walkway.
Your home, along with your patio will help you decide on your choice of materials for your pathway. Design your walkway with plantings in mind and consider laying them along a scenic route so that your favourite garden features can be admired.
You may enjoy different cobblestones for certain parts of the pathway but that still complement one another. Cobblestone pathways provide an attractive and necessary function to the outdoor area of your property.