Natural stone in the garden

lay a natural stone terrace right

Natural stone in the garden

Most patio coverings, whether of concrete slabs or natural stone, have a very high life expectancy. But the effects of weather and dirt from the outside make the surfaces look unsightly after a few years. If the terrace also not set up properly, washouts leave unsightly joints, cracks or bulges on the newly laid surface arise.

The most common cause of such damage is not sufficiently consolidated foundation. Therefore, you should either create a reinforced with steel mesh floor plate or compacted in several layers substructure of crushed stone, gravel and sand.

It is also important to seal natural stone professionally in order to achieve a consistent surface finish.

Find out what else you need to consider when you want to design your garden with natural stone.

Contents embarrassed about natural stone in the garden

  • Individual garden design with natural stone elements
  • Sandstone and limestone Natural stone for a natural aesthetics
  • Own stone terrace: On the right surface it comes to
  • build patio stone itself: Step by Step
  • Processing: seal natural stone

Individual garden design with natural stone elements

Experience the fascination of natural stone in your garden. The diverse natural product is easy to process and receives its individual shape and color a unique character. In addition, a variety of different surface conditions are such as fracture-rough or chiselled commercially available.

So there are no limits in the landscaping with natural stone your imagination set: Whether a colorful covered stone wall, a winding stone path, a romantic bench under the tree or individual stepping stones for special flower beds - with natural stone elements create your structure naturally into the overall design of the garden integrated.

By different installation options your garden receives a special charm and becomes a place that invites with its natural environment to relax and unwind.

Sandstone and limestone Natural stone for a natural aesthetics

Steinweg in the gardenA stone path in the garden creates structure with natural charm.

Many home gardeners appreciate the individual character of natural stones. There handlet not to industrially produced commodity, but a natural product that is characterized by its history and tells a story. So no artificial building material can match the colors and shapes of natural stone. The unique are often even more beautiful over the years if they are properly sealed and maintained.

Whether you opt for sand or limestone, it is a matter of taste. Both natural products have a long life and can be easily grind properly and so move back to its original state if discoloration to have formed by UV light, rain or dirt.

In addition, depending on taste, the surface to be processed state, so that a creative approach to natural stone is promoted in the garden.

Another positive aspect of sand and limestone is its environmental compatibility. In the stones no colors, additives are included and also the energy required in the production is comparatively low. So natural stone is very durable, resistant and easy to clean and therefore ideal for the design of the garden.

Wall of stonesA covered stone wall is particularly nature-related.

Own stone terrace: On the right surface it comes to

As with the laying of concrete slabs or paving stones should top up when creating a terrace of natural stone underground in several layers and solidify well using a vibrating plate.

It is especially important to ensure that not only the terraces, but the entire base is created with a gradient. The only way to ensure that rainwater does not collect on the terrace or even running toward the house and inflicts great damage here permanently.

build patio stone itself: Step by Step

Natural stone in the gardenThe work begins with a targeted preparation and initial planning of possible combinations stone.

When you remove the ballast from fine gravel or sand with a straight edge and freed of unevenness, it goes to the laying of the plates of natural stone. Using irregularly shaped dry stone plates so you need a lot of time and patience, because you always have to pick out piece by piece the appropriate stone and fit into the dressing. But one is later rewarded with an individual and unique terrace.

It is important that you adequately cleans the panels before installation so that the mortars have to be used can adhere well to the plates.

You can move the plates in either the bare sand bed, or use a more stable terrace area called a stone mortar, which is mixed according to the manufacturer's instructions. The mortar is distributed evenly and in stages, for two to three stone slabs on the surface to be paved and coarse subtracted.

tip: Stir in only as much mortar as you can also process within one to two hours.

Natural stone in the gardenStart paving always on the edge.

Begin the paving always on the edge of the terrace. Here it must be ensured that the stone is fully embed in mortar and is aligned using a rubber hammer and a spirit level. The bulging after mortar you can wipe off clean and use the same for the closing of the joints between the bricks. To work from the edge of the area bit by bit toward the center.

When laying on the bare sand bed sprinkle a mixture of sand and cement between the wide joints. Upon completion of the installation work, the area is carefully turned away and then slurried with water. The previously introduced mixture hardens and gives the terrace as their strength.

Natural stone in the gardenWork your way up stone by stone to the center front.

To prevent weed growth on the terrace, you can still apply more joint mortar. It applies to pay attention that you pour bring the grout mortar with a trowel or liquefied.

If something mortar reach the stone surface, it will be immediately removed with water and a sponge, otherwise hardened mortar residues affect the later appearance of natural stone.

Protect the terrace a few days before unfavorable weather conditions and enter the fresh surface until the next day, when all is well dried. Now you can look forward to relaxing hours on the terrace itself built from natural stone.

Processing: seal natural stone

Natural stone in the gardenNatural stone in the gardenA sealant protects the natural product from external influences.

Natural stone is used as flooring increasingly popular because many homeowners like natural stones better than conventional flooring for the terrace, balcony or outdoor use. So that they remain as beautiful as the nature, they must be specially cared for and protected. One of the ways is the sealing of natural stones. This measure protects the stone from water and dirt. We recommend a sealer that penetrates into the pores and has a little farbintensivierende effect.

DangerThe seal forms a layer on the material which prevents the breathability. Therefore, these funds may not be used on all stones, because especially during the cold months this can lead to frost damage.

If no farbintensivierende action is desired on the surface, we recommend a Vorversiegeln with 50% concentration. Mix the agent 1: 1 with water. Do not use products for health reasons, containing chlorinated hydrocarbons (CHCs).

tip: In an impregnation, the agent in the stone penetrates and reacts there.

1st variant: grouting joints with ready-mixed mortar

Apply the sealer with a brush or roller to the surface. The margins should not be treated as otherwise the adhesion of the grout can not be guaranteed. After drying the surface grouting can begin. Are the natural stone grouted and the surfaces were cleaned, the remaining diluted sealant is applied to the dry surface.

Option 2: Without grouting

The sealing is pur applied with a brush or a roller. After drying the surface, the process is repeated.