How to Lay a Bluestone Patio
A natural-looking broken-stone patio provides a gathering place in an organic landscape
The bluestone that makes up millions of American patios often comes in neatly sawn rectangles. But for a rustic landscape, nothing looks more natural than "snapped" or "broken" bluestone, terms used to denote an irregular edge on the slabs. - saboteamos.info senior technical editor Mark Powers recently built a patio out of this hearty stone in his backyard. As he shows on the following pages, laying a long-lasting patio like his is as much about the base underneath it as the layout above. With a little digging endurance and the patience to piece together a rock puzzle, you too can create a gathering space that appears to come from another time.
Stone: 1½-inch-thick broken bluestone, about $240 per ton;
Moss: Fern moss, about $120 for a 25-square-foot box,