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Paving a patio with dry-laid fieldstones allows plants to grow in the joints.

Your patio provides the foundation for your outdoor living space. It will need to be durable, well-constructed and attractive. When installing a new patio or resurfacing an existing one, you will have many paving materials to choose from. The most popular patio materials include concrete, flagstone, pavers and brick.

Before selecting your patio material consider what qualities you are looking for. Do you want something eco-friendly? Are you looking for the most affordable option? Do you need a slip-resistant surface for safety around a pool? What look are you attracted to? Will freezing weather be a concern? Once you've answered these sort of questions you will be able to make an educated decision on what material is best for your patio. This will ensure that your investment will hold up for years to come.

Paving a patio is often the biggest expense when landscaping a yard. If you enjoy the high-end look of stone, but don't enjoy its price tag, there are other options. You can opt for decorative concrete that mimics stone or brick. Another idea is to use a more affordable material for the majority of your patio and use the stone as an accent border or design.

If you plan to landscape your yard in stages, paving your patio should be the first stage. Landscape designer Maureen Gilmer recommends paving first because it creates usable space and will keep your house clean.

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