How to Lay Bluestone Gravel near a Paver Walkway Video

Installing Bluestone Gravel near a Paver Walkway and Below a Roof Eave

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video Mark Donovan of shows how to lay bluestone gravel near a paver walkway.

Recently I completed the installation of a paver walkway that runs parallel to my garage.

Because the paver walkway was running parallel to the garage’s roof eave I decided to space the edge of the paver walkway a couple of feet away from the garage foundation. 

The reason for this was because I was concerned of rain water coming down off the garage roof and splashing on the cement pavers.

So, to do something both functionally and aesthetically attractive between the garage foundation and the edge of the paver walkway I decided to lay bluestone gravel.

Because the bluestone gravel is ½ inch stone and is angular, I figured that water coming down off the garage roof edge would be more randomly diffused and thus less water would end up bouncing off the stone and up onto the house siding clapboards.

The bluestone gravel also had a color that complemented the color of the concrete paver walkway.

To install the bluestone gravel I first dug out below grade, relative to the paver walkway, by a couple of inches.


Next, I placed a sheet of landscaping fabric over the surface area to prevent, or at least curb, weed growth.

I then poured bluestone gravel about 1 to 2 inches thick along the length of the paver walkway, and between the garage foundation wall.

Lastly, I raked the bluestone gravel into place using a metal rake.

And that’s all it took to complete the installation of bluestone gravel. Note that I used about a half a yard of bluestone to cover an area of approximately 26 x 2 square feet. The bluestone gravel cost me $80 per cubic yard.

Stone paver walkway prior to installation of bluestone gravel next to it.

For a finishing touch I plan to place several circular or rectangular one inch thick concrete pads spaced evenly along the length of the bluestone area. I will then put planters filled with flowering plants on each pad.

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