Tumbled Stones For Healing, Prosperity, Peace and Love

The definition of a beautiful life is good health, prosperity, harmony, peace and love. Another definition of life is the circumstances that prevent one from living a beautiful life, making it stressful, difficult and loaded with ill-health. Tumbled crystals, tumbled rocks can alter your life to a beautiful life as crystal and rocks do posses an aura, a power that is specifically used for healing and balancing the energy.

What are Tumbled Stones?

Pieces of natural minerals or rocks that are usually 1 to 5 cm, which are processed to make them smooth, round pebbles are called tumbled stones. Every rock or mineral is selected for its appearance, color, translucence, ability to withstand polishing. Some people simply collect rocks and minerals as a hobby, while one also has the option to buy tumbled stones.

How to polish rocks and stones?

People who collect rocks and stones as a hobby can polish the same with polishing material and sand paper. Rock tumbler kits are available at most stores for hobbyists. Business houses who deal with the supply of tumbled stones identify the purpose of the use of stone to cut, polish and sell it as wholesale tumbled stones.

Uses of Tumbled Stones

Tumbled stones are also known as tumbled gemstones and have a wide range of applications. These stones are widely used as decorative for gardens and landscaping, water fountains, desktop articles, vases, making jewelry, spiritual healing and rock massages.

Tumbled gemstones are believed to be energizers. Stonehenge, dates back to 2600 BC is a prehistoric icon in Britain, which symbolizes mystery, power and endurance. Stones are charged with energy, the life force that connects you and energizes you.

Crystal healers and gemologist have come to understand and accept that every stone has an aura which affects the people around it. It helps to balance and harmonize the energies of the person with nature. Every tumbled stone is understood to have an effect on the chakras, which affects the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the user. A combination of tumbled stones has a combined effect on the person in whose vicinity the stones are kept as these stones are a life-force, energy givers. Besides the energy benefit, the tumbled stone make an amazing decorative piece for homes or offices.

There are over 100 types of tumbled gemstone combinations available at leading rock shops. All stones are identified by rock experts, tumbled and sold with details of its weight in carat and its effect of the various chakras.

Gemstones and crystals will always have an effect on the individual. If you do not believe in going to an expert for advice, you can yourself identify which rocks, minerals or stone are right for you as you will be able to sense the attraction or aversion to them. This ‘feeling’ is experienced not only when you touch the stone, but even when you are surfing online and wondering which to buy. Go by your instincts and the stone that is right for you will enhance your instinct for a peaceful, healthy and harmonious life.



Source by Joy Mitchell

Creative Garden Path Ideas

We have all heard the saying about skipping down the primrose path to a life of ease and leisure.  Thought this may not be feasible for most of us, a nice garden path in your yard can be.  Garden paths are quite functional and rather easy to create with a variety of different items.  Here are some ideas to consider when creating your path.

Strewing a number of flagstone steps through your garden can make it easy to walk through the area after a rain without soaked feet and also helps to reduce the effect of compacted soil.  Flat stones, such as flagstones offer another benefit to your yard.  By using them instead of concrete, it helps with rainwater runoff.  Since water cannot penetrate concrete, using stones allows the water to soak into the ground around them.

When deciding on how to create your garden path, match it to the look of your home.  A cottage-in-the-country look will be enhanced with the use of old bricks which show some weathering.  If you seek to create more of a formal or contemporary atmosphere, newer brick is a better choice.  The precise lines seen in some home designs are complimented by a stone path in a patchwork design.  

When laying out the path, subtle curves are more appealing to the eye than straight lines.  They can also allow a visitor wandering through the garden to be captivated by little surprises lying in wait along the journey.  In addition to being more pleasing to the eyes, curved paths will allow a small area to seem larger than it really is.

If the pavers you choose for your path have straight, sharp edges, plants can help you soften the edges a bit.  Insert small plants, such as thyme, in the cracks between the pavers.  Add larger plants along the sides.  As the plants spill over onto the pavers, they will help to soften the sharp edges along the side of the path.  Fragrant plants such as lavender will increase the enjoyment when brushed up against and the fragrance is released.  

Two important factors to keep in mind with a garden path are:  keep it simple and make it look natural.  If flagstones are the primary pavers along your path, randomly place larger sized smooth stones along the way and maybe incorporate smaller stones between the pavers.  In doing so, the change of material will create areas of visual interest.

Lastly, don’t  forget to consider safety when planning your garden path.  Lighting for evening and night time is one way to help keep the path safe for those who wander through it.  Solar landscape lights add enough light to enable the traveler to see the road ahead, yet the light is soft and not overpowering in the evening, adding a bit of a romantic touch.



Source by Steve Boulden

What Are Lava Rock Beads? How They Are Formed and How to Make Lava Bead Jewelry

What are lava beads

They are a new type of jewelry-making gemstone that is becoming increasingly popular. Everyone who makes and sells home-crafted jewelry should try some. The inexpensive stone is surprisingly light, making the present fashion for large chunky jewelry, comfortable to wear. The chic usually-black beads are also available in many different shapes and sizes allowing creative designs. Some are even dyed brown, and others brighter colors.

How they are born

Lava beads started life as molten rock over 1,000 degrees Celsius. It takes this high temperature and huge pressure to make rock melt beneath an active volcano. Most rock deep inside the Earth’s interior is not molten. This molten rock is spewed out of the erupting volcano and flows in streams until cooler air freezes it solid. Sometimes the flow can travel as fast as 30 km/hour on steep slopes and reach tens of kilometers, destroying everything in its path. However, usually it moves less than 1 km/hour, giving people time to move out of the way.

Properties

Lava beads promote strength and fertility. Bringing stability in changing times, driving away anger – and helping one to understand a problem in order to spring back to a stronger position. A very grounding stone that strengthens our connection to Mother Earth.

Lava bead jewelry

Beads from these rocks make very unusual jewelry. Used as pendants or parts of a necklace, these unusual black beads ooze style and mystique, drawing attention whenever worn. When admiring lava bead jewelry, people will ask, “whatever is it made out of?” This ensures all the mystique and power of a volcano are in your design!

Designing lava bead jewelry

Take advantage of how light these beads weigh, and try making long earrings to match large lava bead pendants for necklaces and bracelets. Mix different sizes and shapes to make the design interesting. Because most are jet-black, they go well with any color or style of clothes, making them more appealing, and so easier to sell. By their nature, these beads create an earthy rustic style – ideal for “wild” outdoor jewellery, especially for late-in-the year or Halloween. And as most are large and powerful in a design, you need fewer beads to make your piece, saving you money.

Lava bead finish

Although looking coarse with tiny holes and cracks, most of these beads are polished to feel smooth, making your jewelry comfortable to wear.



Source by Nigel Hay Mckay

Making Your Own Hot Stone Massage Kit

If you have had a hot stone massage sometimes, you may perhaps be tempted to build a hot stone massage kit for yourself. It certainly does not look too difficult to create one. You can surely buy a kit at a massage store, but you will save a lot if you make your own. With a little bit of effort, you should be able to build one quite easily. Imagine the pleasure of giving a friend a hot stone massage in the comfort and privacy of your own home, not to mention the savings it would entail.

Finding The Rocks

Getting basaltic rocks may not be very easy. This will of course depend on where you stay, but I am not sure if you can find some easily. What you can get find easily is river stones that have been polished smooth as they tumble downstream. You need not enter knee deep in fast flowing mountain streams to get polished stones, a visit to a shop that sells garden or aquarium stores should do the trick. Even if the store you visit does not keep them, they should be able to guide you to the right place.

When you get to the collection of smooth rocks and pebbles, you will need the following – a pair of stones that are fairly large – say 6 x 8 inches in size and nearly flat, next you will require around fourteen pebbles of similar size which can be held comfortably in a fist, and finally four pairs of stones that vary in size from marbles to a small egg. It will be good if you can get dark colored stones. This completes your stone inventory. Wash the stones well with soap and an old brush till all the soil etc. is removed.

Raid Your Kitchen

Now you need a vessel that can hold all these stones together along with enough water to cover all the stones completely. A deep skillet with a lid will do. You can select any other vessel so long as it can hold all the stones. Keep a pair of heavy duty tongs to take the stones out of the skillet and a standard kitchen thermometer to ensure the water in the skillet does not get too hot. Keep some light towels handy too.

Now you are ready for action. Find a friend who is ready to let you practice your massage. Do not worry if they are not enthusiastic initially, as the word of your great massage gets around, they will make a beeline for your door.

Plug the warmer in and gently immerse the stones in the water. Pour more water in to ensure that the stones are completely covered. Keep the thermometer alongside but make sure it does not touch the bottom else you might get a false reading.

Once the thermometer shows 120°, you can switch off the power to the heater and take the rocks out. Quickly wipe them on a towel and place them on the muscle junctions like the shoulder blades and the small of the back. Put the small ones between the toes and one in each palm. Let the heat soak in. Change the stones every once in a while as they cool. Get ready to be swamped by friends, each demanding a massage using your hot stone massage kit. Are you sure you can handle the attention?



Source by Fiona Bryland

Crystal Magic

Crystals and stones are sacred magical tools which help us to enhance rituals and magic. They are gifts of the Goddess and God. Some ways of Earth Magic with crystals and stones are:

Preparing The Circle

We can use the stones to mark our circle instead of using herbs. We begin and end at the North point, laying 7, 9, 21 or 40 quartz crystals around the circle, either inside the cord or in place of it. The points of the quartz crystals are placed facing outwards for a usual spiritual or magical nature, or facing inwards for a protective nature. Candles can be used to mark the four quarters of the magic circle in place of the large stones, but ring each candle with one or more of the following stones:

  • North – Moss Agate, Emerald, Jet, Olivine, Salt, Black Tourmaline
  • East – Imperial Topaz, Citrine, Mica, Pumice
  • South – Amber, Obsidian, Rhodochrosite, Ruby, Lava, Garnet
  • West – Aquamarine, Chalcedony, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Sugilite

An Altar From Stone

The best way to make an altar from stone is to scour the dry river beds and seashores for a selection of smooth stones. You could alternatively buy from a rock shop. Create the altar with 3 large stones, 2 small ones as the base and a longer flat stone on top. Place 1 stone on the left to represent the Goddess. You could choose a stone of the Goddess.

Place a stone to the right to represent the God, a longer club shaped rock or choose a stone of the God.

Place a smaller stone in between the Goddess and God with a red candle to represent the element fire, and the devine energy from the Goddess and God.

Place a flat stone in front for offerings of wine, honey, cakes, flowers, fruit and semi precious stones.

If you can find a small cupped stone, place to the left of the offering stone and fill with water to represent the element.

Place another flat piece of rock to the left of the offering stone and pour some salt on to it to symbolize the element Earth.

You could place another flat stone in front of the offering stone to use as an incense burner.

Use a long quartz crystal as a wand and a flint or obsidan arrowhead for use as the magic knife.

Place any other tools required on the altar.

All Wiccan spells can be performed with this altar.

Stones of the Goddesses

Stones related to the Moon or Venus, Water and Earth stones should be used. Usually pink, green and blue stones.

  • Aphrodite: salt
  • Ceres: emerald
  • Coatlicue: jade
  • Cybele: jet
  • Diana: amethyst, moonstone, pearl
  • Freya: pearl
  • The Great Mother: amber, coral, geodes, holed stones
  • Hathor: turquoise
  • Isis: coral, emerald, lapis lazuli, moonstone, pearl
  • Kwan Yin: jade
  • Lakshmi: pearl
  • Maat: jade
  • Mara: beryl, aquamarine
  • Nuit: laps lazuli
  • Pele: lava, obsidian, peridot, olivine, pumice
  • Selene: moonstone, selenite
  • Tiamat: beryl
  • Venus: emerald, lapis lazuli, pearl

Stones of the GodUsually orange and red stones are used. Stones related to the Sun and Mars, Fire and Air ruled stones:

  • Aesculapius: agate
  • Apollo: sapphire
  • Bacchus: amethyst
  • Cupid: opal
  • Dionysus: amethyst
  • Mars: onyx, sardonyx
  • Neptune: beryl
  • Odin: holed stone
  • Poseidon: beryl, pearl, aquamarine
  • Ra: tigers eye
  • Tezcatilpoca: obsidian

Cairns

Throughout the world, people used to build piles of stones to mark a historic event. These cairns had ritual significance. Cairns are places of power. Cairns are connected to the ground and face upwards to the sky to represent the connection between physical and spiritual.

Commonly during outdoor circles, a small cairn of 9 or 11 rocks were fashioned at each point of the Circle of Stones.

Visualize the Power of Stones

Sit in a lonely place where there are lots of stones. Visualize a magical need. Still visualizing, grab a stone. Feel the energy. Place on the ground. Pick up another and visualize the magic need and feel the power of the stone. Place next to the other stone on the ground. Keep visualizing and adding stones to your pile until you feel a vibration from the Earths energy and power within these stones. Place the last rock on top affirming your ritual intent. Place your hands either side of the pile and visualize your energy passing to these stones. Leave your cairn to do its work.



Source by Amethyst Hawke

Tips for Decorative Concrete Finishes

Since a lot of renovators and homebuilders engage in unique trends for a great look, you may want to use the best concrete finish for your office or home. If you are a home builder, make sure you decide on that little touch to impress your guests. In this article, we are going to talk about different decorative concrete finishes so you can make the best choice.

Exposed Aggregate

This type of finish is commonly used for durability and classy look. Basically, this finish is achieved by creating a mixture of different sizes and colors of stones. Then it’s left exposed once a retardant is added in order to protect the surface. Finally, the top layer is removed to get a natural look.

There are two types of Exposed Aggregate

Seeded: If you are worried about how your aggregate looks, you can choose a seeding aggregate option. This process requires the addition of the aggregate to concrete once it’s laid. Apart from this, it can allow you to add glow stones or features stone to hone the docor even more.

Standard: This is a common finish and allows you to mix the aggregate in the cement first. So, it offers a natural, organic look for your home. But the problem is that it requires you to create a balance between the two elements for durability.

Quick, Flexible and Attractive

The good thing about honed aggregate is that it’s quite common as a flooring material for pool areas and driveways. Actually, it’s a combo of different materials and the process requires grinding the surface and polishing it using quality abrasives in order to get a flat and smooth surface.

So, you get a mosaic-type design that comprises numerous colors and stones. The good thing about this choice is that it’s quite versatile for both indoor and outdoor areas like home flooring, feature walls and bench tops.

Versatility

Polished concrete is a low-cost and sustainable finish. This is the reason it is quite popular among renovators and home builders. You can get an elegant and refined look for the same appeal you can get with marble or granite. You can get this finish in a lot of designs, which is why it’s an ideal choice for bathroom, kitchen and internal flooring. So, versatility is a great benefit.

Cooler Outdoor Living

The good thing about these decorative finishes is that they are natural and affordable options for hot conditions. Apart from this, liquid limestone is quite popular among Australians for their pool surroundings, outdoor livings areas and driveways.

Made of additives, limestone and concrete, liquid limestone features an attractive color that you can use for your home. So, it can complement other areas in your house. Aside from this, you can color, refine and texture it further to get its natural look. And you don’t need to worry about weeds stuck in the gaps.

In short, if you are looking for decorative concrete finishes, you can try out the type of finishes listed in this article. Hope this helps.



Source by Shalini M

Getting Stoned – Hot Stone Therapy For Health

In the bad old days of the Soviet Union, citizens who suffered with minor often weather-related health problems such as runny noses, headaches and sore throats were often diagnosed with poor circulation. Sometimes the prescribed cure was to have a family of live leeches stuck on their backs, to draw the blood to the surface and suck out impurities. Other times, the cure was hot stone therapy.

Hot stone therapy is offered by many day spas as a relaxing treatment.

Like leeches, hot stone therapy existed to clear out the lymphatic circulation and help improve circulation throughout the body. The stones were often heated in a sauna and placed on the (victim’s) back in a fairly haphazard fashion, sometimes leaving marks that took weeks to heal. In rare cases, the marks never disappeared at all.

These days, Western hot stone therapy has evolved into a popular, New Age type of massage, with the hot stones placed along the back’s chakra, or energy points. The idea is the same: to improve circulation while also helping aid relaxation and give renewed energy. Often, the recipient listens to New Age music or the sound of gently flowing water to make the whole experience even more surreal. Does it work? Probably not.

Why Get Stoned?

People get stoned because they want to flush out bad toxins, get their juices flowing and enjoy a relaxing, peaceful treatment that will reduce inflammation and increase their energy levels. Other reasons people choose to indulge in a hot stone treatment are because the recipients a) are curious, b) need some personal attention and relaxation, c) like to try out new massages, d) believe in “Native American healing”, e) are stupid, or f) are all of the above.

The stones used are usually made from a smooth, black volcanic rock called basalt, and are heated to very high temperatures. They normally are vigorously cleaned and sterilized between every treatment – or they should be. The massage begins when the stones are placed either one by one or all together on chakras along the spine, as the client lies topless on his or her tummy. The therapist usually massages the client gently using the smooth stones themselves, often implementing traditional Swedish massage techniques. He or she might also leave heated stones on specific parts of the body to bring about additional relaxation, such as in the palms of the hands.

Skeptics may laugh at this therapy, but believers stress that as hot stones have been used for centuries by various healers, they must be good. We know that heating pads can work to help relieve muscular tension and promote healing, so why not natural stones? Similarly, they argue, the use of cold stone therapy can be important in causing the contraction of blood vessels, thus increasing the lymph flow around the body of different types of waste material. So what if a packet of frozen peas would do the trick just as well – and for a lot cheaper?

Proponents of hot stone therapy say it can help alleviate the following:

Back pain

Muscular pains, aches and strains

Insomnia

Fibromyalgia

Multiple Sclerosis

Various arthritic complaints

Depression or anxiety

Hot Stone Facials

Like the name suggest, this technique involves massaging usually the face and neck with hot stones, although sometimes the arms and hands are massaged as well. Is it thought that the massage combined with the stones can improve the health as well as the appearance of the face, as it helps the nervous system by improving circulation of both the blood and lymph, thus helping the cells restore themselves. In some cases, such as with the Elemis Colling Hot Stone Body-Facial, the face is massaged using cooling masks and gels, then hot stones are placed on pressure points to achieve better relaxation.

Hot Stone Pedicures

If you thought an unusual pedicure meant having black or blue polish applied to your toenails instead of bright red, think again. A hot stone pedicure using warm, flat stones from wet riverbeds as well as aromatic mints (no, really) to give your tootsies the massage they have always dreamt of. Could be a thoughtful gift for the person who has everything – including smelly feet. Some canny therapists invite their clients to take part in a sweetly scented “jellybath” beforehand to relax their feet (and presumably get rid of any offensive odor).

LaStone Therapy

Bizarre as it may sound, this therapy uses a special combination of stones of different temperatures to achieve a relaxing effect on the body. It uses 18 frozen stones, 54 hot stones and one stone of room temperature. Why? Who knows!

This “ancient” therapy was developed by one Ms Mary Nelson long, long ago, way back in 1993. She had a Native American spirit guide, who began talking to her and telling her all about getting stoned. She developed a technique that begins with Swedish massage and ends up with hot and cold stones – and one stone of room temperature, don’t forget – being placed all over your back and the palms of your hand.

Interestingly, only certified LaStone Therapy therapists are qualified to carry out this specific type of massage – presumably ones who pay the aforementioned Ms Nelson for training that leads to certification. Even more interesting, these qualified therapists never refer to the stones they use as “stones”. Oh no. They are to be referred to as “Stone Clan People,” due to the special healing properties in which each stones is invested. Cute!

A Cautionary Tale

Please note that not only must the stones be properly cleaned between each treatment (see above), but that the therapist administering the treatment must have proper training. This is not only for you to receive maximum benefit, but also so you will not get burned.

“Basically, we have had a disproportionate number of claims from hot stone massage,” writes Kate Armitage, executive director and vice president of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, in an article published in the April/May ’07 edition of Massage & Bodywork magazine. “These claims have all been burns – some worse than others – but some have been third-degree burns.”

So if you want to try getting stoned yourself, make sure you only visit a qualified therapist at a licensed med spa with a sparkling reputation. And even though there are literally hundreds of companies on the Internet that sell massage stones, don’t try this at home – unless you fancy some permanent scarring on your back, hands or face!



Source by S Matthews

How to Make a Stone Trough

The answer to where to get a stone trough is quite simple – make your own. The process is very easy and the cost is negligible. With one bag of cement, a bag of rough sand and a couple of shovels full of peat, you can make half a dozen planters that have the look and feel of real stone. With a little special treatment, they very quickly grow algae and moss on the outside, which gives the look and feel of an ancient carved stone planter or animal drinking trough.

What you need:

  • Two cardboard boxes, the size that you want your planter to be. One must be about 2 inches smaller all around than the other one.
  • 4 wine bottle corks
  • A polystyrene fish box (get one from your local fishmonger)
  • A piece of old wire netting to act as reinforcement
  • Cement, rough concreting sand, peat and water.

These materials will give you two types of troughs, one made with the cardboard boxes and other with the polystyrene fish box. Make one of each and decide which type you prefer then produce as many as want after that.

Method one

We will start with the cardboard box method. First, you need to make your cement mixture or ‘hypertufa’. Use 1 part cement to 1 part grit and sand (concrete sand), to this add 1 part damp peat. If the peat is dry it will not blend properly with the cement mixture and cause cracks and breaks in the finished article. Mix all the ingredients together, just as you would when making ordinary cement. Make a well in the middle and add a little water. Continue mixing and adding water until you have a thick modelling type clay like paste – not a runny or sloppy cement for laying bricks.

Take the larger box and stand the 4 corks in the bottom of the box. These will act as drainage holes and also support for the other cardboard box.

This is the part where we get down and dirty. Take handfuls of your cement mixture and fill the bottom of the box up to the top of the corks and make the cement level. If you want to reinforce the cement at this stage, you can add pieces of wire netting across the base and up the sides of the box. Try to leave a small gap between the netting and the side of the box so that it does show though to the outside when turned out.

Place the second box inside the first one, sitting on the corks and cement that you have layered on the bottom. Your second box should be at least 2 inches smaller all around. This forms the mould, which will give you a trough with sides at least 2 inches thick. You need this thickness for strength. If you have used wire netting as reinforcement, then 2 inches is quite ample. 2 ½ – 3 inches is ideal.

Now it’s play time again. Keeping the inner box central, (you can place wedges in the spaces to keep the gap even all round and remove them as you proceed) press handfuls of your cement mixture down into the space between the boxes. Compact it, but don’t press too hard or you will distort the shape of the wall you are building. The boxes will be absorbing moisture from the cement so will become soft and fragile. Work quickly before the boxes become too wet. The cement will be starting to ‘go off’ and stiffen at this stage.

Work your way right around the box, building up your walls to the level that you want.

It is very important not to touch the trough for at least 24 hours. The trough is considered to be ‘green’ at this stage. What this means, is that the cement is still not cured and is in a fragile state. If you try to move it or lift it, it will crack or even break in half. Ideally, leave it alone to dry out for about 5 days, and then strip away the cardboard boxes, inside and out. You will now have a homemade stone trough.

But we are not finished yet. We need to ‘weather’ it. This is a bit like ageing a ‘new’ piece of antique furniture. Using a wire brush, roughen the surface all around the trough. Concentrate on the sharp angles of the corners and top edges to make them look worn and slightly rounded.

The final treatment is to paint the concrete with a mixture that will encourage moss and algae to form. This is the final ‘antiquing’ stage before you plant up with your alpines. The ideal medium for this is liquid manure. You can also use live yogurt or a mixture of the two. It may give off an unpleasant aroma for a short while, but this will go as the algae and moss start to develop.

Method two

This method uses the polystyrene fish box, or any other polystyrene packaging that meets your shape requirement. Trim the box to your required size and we are ready to start.

Cover the polystyrene with wire netting inside and out. Make sure that you cover the floor of the box as well. A close mesh is better for this type of mould as it not only provides reinforcement; it also allows the cement to stick to the polystyrene (which can’t absorb the liquid from the cement). Use a wooden dowel or wine corks to provide the drainage holes. Make a hole in the base of the polystyrene and place a dowel or a couple of wine corks, one on top of the other, so that they protrude about three inches above the bottom of the box. When the cement is cured we can remove the dowel or corks and leave a nice neat drainage hole.

The cement mixture is the same as in the first method. All we have to do is cover the entire box, inside and out with the mixture. Make the walls and the base at least two inches thick. (this will make the side walls nearly 4 inches thick). Use a trowel to get an even and smooth finish. Leave the tops of the walls irregular, not smooth and straight. This allows the finished product to have a more ‘rustic’ look, as though it has been hand carved.

Leave to dry and finish off as in method one.



Source by William C Robinson

Paving Stones – What Are They?

A paving stone is a hard block that can be made from glass, cut stone, cast concrete, brick, clay tile, and plastic and come in many colors, textures, sizes and shapes. They can be used a variety of ways but they are all used to create a hard, smooth outdoor surface. A contractor can create outdoor steps, driveways, patios, and pathways using paving stones. There are some that will use paving stone blocks to construct landscape features and retaining ways. The homeowner can find a variety of these blocks at most home improvement stores. They can also be ordered from the manufacturer. If you do not want to do it yourself there are landscapers and contractors who will do the job.

If you decide to go ahead with installation yourself it will require some time and effort to ensure that it is done correctly. One of the first things that you will need to do is make sure that the area where the paving stones are going to be installed is mapped out carefully so you can devise a pattern. Next you have to make sure that the ground is cut, compacted, and leveled so the paver stones you are going to use will lie on a flat surface. If you fail to make sure that the ground is level it could result in the paving stones to sink or buckle. The next step is installing the paving blocks carefully in the desired pattern. They will need to be compacted so they will sit evenly. The last step is force some type of pacing material like sand between the cracks to keep the stones stable and even and discourage weed growth.

One big advantage in using such type of stone for installation is that they are extremely durable. As long as you make sure that they are installed correctly they will normally last for years without needing any maintenance work. They are not hard to install but it does take time to do the proper job. Because they are easy to install and durable paving stones make great home improvement projects.

To make sure that the area is even and level for the paving stones you will need a soil compactor, which you can usually rent from a home supply store or a store that rents tools. You will also need a shovel to dig out the dirt in the area where you are going to do a paving stone installation. A stiff broom is needed also to sweep the packing material into the gaps between the paying stones.



Source by Lora Davis