laying granite setts around a fire pit

Laying Instructions

Laying granite setts correctly can provide an enduring and attractive look for years to come, in both contemporary and traditional settings.

To find out how, follow these simple steps:

  • Select a level area that is firm and well drained
  • Lay a minimum of 150mm of sub-base
  • Thoroughly compact the area with a plate vibrator or roller
  • Lay the setts on a mortar base up to 30 mm thick, three parts sharp sand to one part cement
  • Position the granite setts a finger width apart or as required
  • Bed the granite setts down firmly as required with a suitable hammer, such as a walling hammer or a rubber mallet
  • When dry, fill the joints with a workable mortar using a pointing trowel
Laying 80 x 80 x 80mm black granite setts

Depending on the on how big your mortar joints are, this will have an impact on the coverage of the granite setts crates.

This is our preferred technique to lay the cobble setts, however there may be other techniques and methods as suitable as ours.

Using the cobbles in conjunction with other forms of landscaping materials such as paving slabs or gravel can achieve attractive results. The larger cobble stones, 200 x 100 x 100mm can be used as quoins in wall ends, looking particularly good in gate pillars.

Pointed 80 x 80 x 80mm black granite setts

One of the main attributes of granite cobble setts are their versatility in design, from geometric shapes to organic sweeping curves, garden designers can be creative, mixing different colours with different sizes.

When laying the larger cobble stones as an edging material to border tarmac on a driveway or to retain pathways of gravel or chippings, it is advisable to use a mortar consistency more suitable for paving slabs or bricklaying.