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Tools, Materials, Skills, and Knowledge You'll Need to Design a Natural Stone Patio

Last updated 6 years ago

Having a natural stone patio as part of your landscaping is a great reason to spend more time outdoors with your friends and family. Best of all, designing and installing a stone patio is something you can do yourself with careful research, some tools, and a little bit of elbow grease. Here’s an overview of the tools, materials, skills, and knowledge you need to build a great stone patio.

  •  Before learning about building supply requirements, review the tools you need. In addition to basic tools like a hammer, level, rake, and trowel, you may need a number of more specialized tools, including a tamper, a masonry saw, or diamond blade for a circular saw. These tools are critical to correctly setting up your landscaping for proper stone installation.


  • You’ll also need to visit your preferred landscaping supply store for a number of different materials. In addition to your stone of choice, you’ll need gravel to set the foundation of your patio, as well as packable sand, landscaping fabric, and pavers. Take some time to talk to the specialists at the landscaping supply store and see if they recommend anything else for your specific needs.


  • The last thing you’ll need is time to carefully research the steps to building a proper patio. While building a stone patio or performing other landscaping work by yourself is possible, make sure you read through several sets of instructions. Also, make sure you know how to properly use all of your tools and construction equipment to avoid injury or expensive damage to your stones. With a little bit of time, you’ll be a landscaping stone pro!

If you’re looking for help choosing materials and supplies for your stone patio, or any other landscaping project, then come to the Chicago area’s premier landscaping supply store: Schroeder’s Home Landscaping and Drainage Supply. We carry the stone and landscaping materials to make your landscaping project a success. For more information, visit Schroeder’s online or call (708) 448-1144.






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