When researching our patio budget we quickly realized that a paver patio would be a bit more of an expense than we were ready to invest. I mean, we JUST remodeled our kitchen.
I was researching pea gravel patios when I went to a friends house and noticed they had a red stone patio area. I inquired as to what it was and she told me it was called trail mix. I told her this is EXACTLY the look we were hoping for. She told us how much it cost and my jaw hit the floor. Only $200. I wasn’t sure she was right.
Turns out she was. With a price like the we decided we could dress the perameter up a bit with brick.
Then came the rock.
Here is how trail mix works.
You lay it down (over your weed block of course).
Then you spread it out evenly.
At this point in the game, I was getting really nervous. It felt like we were walking around in a big adult sized sandbox. This would not do! Even though we were skeptical we kept following the directions told to us by the stone company we bought it from.
The last step is that you spray it down…A LOT. I mean drench that puppy until it is pooling. They told us this was critical. If you don’t put enough water, it will not permeate to all of the rock.
An amazing thing happens when it dries… it dries hard.
Not concrete hard, but had enough to walk on without slushing through rocks. It is a pretty solid surface.
At the time that we made our patio decision I was a bit disappointed that we couldn’t afford to do the pavers. Not now! I am in love with the trail mix. I would do it again in a heart beat. In fact I am contemplating where else we could use this pretty product.
Check in tomorrow for more patio fun! Wooohooo, it is done!