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Patio - wack and grout it?


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:32 pm    Post subject: Patio - wack and grout it? Reply with quote

Hi,

We moved into a house where the Patio sits on a soft gravel bed and is not grouted. Instead, there are/were stones in between the slabs. I have since removed the stones with the intention of either replacing the patio slabs and grouting or just grouting the existing slabs.
The slabs are sitting on a bed of compacted hardcore which has another bed of "soft gravel" - see pics.
Initially i was going to remove the soft gravel and put in more hardcore but now i am thinking of just using a wacker plate/compactor on the soft gravel and then relaying the patio slabs on a cement base etc

Any opnions appreciated - more so about wacking the soft gravel and then laying a cement base on top for the slabs - will the base hold for the future etc?

Please see pics, thanks
Conor



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you consider planting in the joints?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually yes, i was considering mixing grass seed with topsoil and compost, still somewhat unsure if the grass would hold up. I hear irish moss would be good but it is a south facing patio etc and of course will it look well etc etc.

what do you think?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at thyme or camomile grass as an option. Others here could advise you far better than I. I am a veg not a flowers man!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks but i am fairly certain i am going to pave it with black limestone now, i'll wack it and cement, fingers crossed!!
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