Our backyard is full of lovely trees so it gets a lot of shade, and with an energetic dog our lawn didn't last. Instead of laying more turf, we decided to replace the lawn with Bluestone rounds.
Bluestone rounds are quarried and cut from boulders, so they are a natural product and each one is unique. Each round is $30–60 depending on their size.
We used a ratio of one part concrete to two parts sand and three parts gravel. Mixing the concrete by hand in a wheelbarrow was slow going, so we borrowed a small cement mixer to make it quicker and easier. We also realised we should have put a string line down and left it. Some of the first rounds we laid are a little too low.
Laying the rounds was really easy. We used a mortar mix to make sure they wouldn't move. If you use thicker rounds and a bit of pavers sand, they probably wouldn't move.
Dichondra is growing beautifully as ground cover between the pavers.
Before and after
Other Bluestone rounds projects
Workshop Community Manager Jason built a rambling path from his front gate to the front door using Bluestone rounds to make the trek in wet weather a little easier.
He also made use of Bluestone rounds in the narrow walkway down the side of his house alongside river pebbles and railway sleepers.