This question is related to my current landscaping project (https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... 12&t=50470), but since this question is a bit more specific I didn't want it to be buried within that thread.
I purchased 1,100 lbs of flagstone last weekend for my approx. 70 sq. ft. garden path. I still need some more stone, but this is all we could fit in our cars (saving the $160 delivery charge). All the information I can find online is for adding a path to an existing garden or lawn so the first step is digging into the ground/sod, then adding a base layer of sand/gravel. If you haven't read my previous thread, I'm smothering my lawn in this space with cardboard and adding this path to the garden I will be adding in that space. Since I will essentially be raising the ground by adding topsoil/compost to the garden surrounding the stones, I'm thinking that no digging will be necessary, but here's where I ran into some questions...
Which should come first, the path, or the garden? I've been going back and forth and was leaning towards laying the path before the soil is delivered on 4/20. The only thing is that the base layer of sand on top of the cardboard would be likely to shift I would imagine? I plan on planting between the stones with creeping ground covers so I thought I could just add the soil around the path and sweep it into the cracks. OR do I lay out the soil, sweep it away from where the path is going, add my sand base and set the stones?
I'm just concerned that since everything will be new and settling I'm going to have some serious issues with shifting no matter which order I do things in. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!