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08-23-2014 04:50 AM
lauren43 This is perfect timing. My yard doesn't get any sun, most of the yard is moss/weed, but over by the fence it's all mud/dirt and the dogs are bringing it all in with them, ick!

Bought some pavers but they were $$ and it wasn't enough! I'll have to take a look at pea gravel or river rocks.
08-22-2014 10:37 PM
onyx'girl We have river rock...with stepping stones. So far the dogs haven't been injured when they run/put the brakes on before hitting the deck.

08-22-2014 10:16 PM
Juliem24 I like pea gravel. Water doesn't pool, it drains don't slip, the dogs don't slip: the only thing is you have to rake it back into place if the dogs run a path...but that's easy. We've used it in our outdoor kennels with no problems.
08-22-2014 09:02 PM
Jax08 All flag has sharp edges. It's sawn. The little Amish girl next door tripped and fell against a piece standing up a couple years ago. I've never seen such a huge ugly lump. I think that's where my last bottle of Arnica went to.
08-22-2014 08:46 PM
huntergreen some flagstone can have sharp edges and cause some nasty cuts. we had some while i was growing up. ask me how i learned about the sharp edges.
08-22-2014 07:41 PM
Jax08 Fieldstone comes from the same place Flagstone does. It can be blue or red or grey, just like field stone. It's the stone that stone walls are made from. Flat without the cut edges of the flagstone and not as smooth on top.

Flagstone is quarried. It is cut from the bed with a saw and then split apart along a vein with a chisel and hammer. That's why it's fairly smooth. Flag was made when the weight of the glaciers compressed the stone, which is why it's so dense.

Fieldstone is the exact same material but was broken up when the glaciers came through.

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In my opinion, since you want grass to grow around them, field is the better choice because it will look more natural. Flag is used for things like sidewalks, patios, etc where a flat surface and square edges are wanted.
08-22-2014 07:26 PM
llombardo What does fieldstone look like? And where do you get it?
08-22-2014 01:13 PM
McWeagle We put in some fieldstone this summer. It doesn't seem slippery at all (lots of rain the past week, but we haven't had it over winter yet so don't know what it's like with ice and snow) and it looks really good with the spaces in between. We didn't get it all laid until the end of July, so will be putting the topsoil and grass seed in the spaces sometime in the next few weeks. The dogs seem fine running on it.
08-22-2014 12:56 PM
osito23 Have you considered putting down something like pea gravel or crushed granite? Both of these will prevent mud/dust and aren't nearly as slippery as flagstone. I have pea gravel in several spots in my yard and really like it.

08-22-2014 09:57 AM
Jax08 How about field stone steppers? That is the same rock material as flag just naturally broken pieces. They are rounder, softer, edges and would look better in a natural, haphazard, placement. And the top is not smooth like flag so won't be quite as slippery.
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