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Old 07-11-2019, 01:55 PM   #1
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Options for replacing concrete pathway


I am planning on removing a disintegrating concrete with slate embedded pathway which goes from the street to our front door, approx. 61' x 44". The pathway is in the middle of what I believe is a Zoysia lawn. We are in Georgia. Was thinking of seeding the area but it sounds like a multi year wait until the grass fills out. Have no experience with Sod, so have some questions. Is it tricky to get the sod to match the original lawn? We are planning on using stepping stones in place of the concrete walkway, the stepping stones are either going to be 24" square, about 26 of them, or small concrete pavers, in which case there might be 80 or so pavers. Is it best to cut the sod to fit around already placed pavers or stepping stones, or to lay the sod out and then cut for the stones? What's the best time of year to install the sod in Georgia? Is sod typically successful, or is it something of a crap shoot? Was thinking of putting some kind of mulch down instead of sod and putting the stepping stones on the mulch but am worried about weeds, maintenence...etc...is there a mulch option that wouldn't be to difficult to maintain, and would have some longevity?
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:36 AM   #2
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- Stones over mulch, for walking on, not a good idea. It won't be stable from the start, and likely to end up lopsided. Tamped sand, hardpack, milled concrete, something more stable than mulch.

- Grass/hard to match, maybe. Someone selling sod should be able to match. Or, you could take "grass plugs" from your existing lawn to start the new area.
- When to do this work? Cool seasons usually get new grass off to a good start, so avoid the hot summer months, unless this is in a shade area.
- Stone first, ensure it's set to the right level. Too low and the rain water will turn it into inhospitable puddles, and grass clippings will collect on them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:01 PM   #3
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Thyme works well between stones for a walkway as it stays flat and you won't need to cut it as would be the case with grass. I would put weed mat under the path to avoid weeds from wind blown seeds in the future.
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Thanks for the replies. It looks like i'm going with porcelain pavers 24" x 24" X 3/4" on sod. Found out the original grass is emerald zoysia, so matching isn't a problem.


New question is, is it better, or easier to lay the sod first, then cut out sections for the stepping stones, or is it better to lay the stone first, and place the sod around the stones? There will be a six inch space between each stepping stone. We're also thinking of doing a geometric pattern, where a 12" x 24" rectangle will be placed beside each 24" square stone, with about a two inch space for sod, between the rectangle and the square stone, which would require a little more sod cutting.
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Thanks for the replies. It looks like i'm going with porcelain pavers 24" x 24" X 3/4" on sod. Found out the original grass is emerald zoysia, so matching isn't a problem.


New question is, is it better, or easier to lay the sod first, then cut out sections for the stepping stones, or is it better to lay the stone first, and place the sod around the stones? There will be a six inch space between each stepping stone. We're also thinking of doing a geometric pattern, where a 12" x 24" rectangle will be placed beside each 24" square stone, with about a two inch space for sod, between the rectangle and the square stone, which would require a little more sod cutting.
Cut a piece of plywood that size and a piece of chalk and go lay that out in the driveway and see how comfortable that will be to walk on, then consider the slippery and tripping hazard.
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