How can I repair the current material (stone) under this pergola?


I am on a tight budget and need help from this forum to beautify this existing area. It gets full sunlight in the mornings and is very relaxing but it is quite ugly. Please help.

q how can i repair the current material stone under this pergola


q how can i repair the current material stone under this pergola

This is the stone that is loose and just sprayed to get rid of weeds.

q how can i repair the current material stone under this pergola

This is at the end of the patio. I had white rocks and I agave plant that got too much rain and cold weather.

  9 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 25, 2019

    Choose some earthy colors and paint the stone. For ideas go somewhere that sells stone as see what colors they are naturally come in. Probably a moss green, faded blue, perhaps a light or very faded pink, etc. Just leave the grout lines unpainted for a natural look.

  • Have you tried pressure washing just to brighten it up and then you could make repairs where needed?

    • Sheila Sheila on Mar 25, 2019

      I will pressure wash it and see what I am dealing with!


  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 25, 2019

    I would power wash, paint and then seal it with an outdoor poly. It's in good shape.

  • Mad29883817 Mad29883817 on Mar 25, 2019

    First power wash then i would get some pebble stone and put in between openings then apply sealant

  • Kate Kate on Mar 25, 2019

    power wash and if it reveals dirt between the stones, add moss.

    if you don't want plants in the stones, go with boiling water and vinegar to kill the weeds off. Otherwise, maybe some big ceramic pots with bushy plants/trees to add shade?

  • Pat pickens Pat pickens on Mar 25, 2019

    Pressure washing is a great first step.If you want to get a really clean look, dig out a 1/4 to half inch of whatever is between the stones and add pure white limestone paver base on top of the material in between. And moss is a great idea. In succeeding seasons if the paver base gets dirty-looking, moss will grow in the paver base. We got our moss without invitation, it just grew there, very pretty.

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Mar 27, 2019

    Powerwash and then put colored sand between the stones.

  • Betty Nuovo Betty Nuovo on Mar 28, 2019

    Sounds like everyone wants you to powerwash and I am thinking - budget! So don't rent a powerwasher and use you hose. If you hold it at an angle and get close you should be able to do it ok. But then it will just go back to looking the same after a while, right? So you have to either keep washing it or spend the money for a sealer.

    PLease let us know what you do!

  • you can get a blue stone cement colorant at lowes, it costs about 8$ and a little goes a long way. just spray it in a garden sprayer, and then spray some wi9th a little water to get natural stone variations, then seal it with a quality concrete sealer. it will look like natural blue stone when you are finished. good luck.