Use a garden hose, string, or paint to define your path. This is an important step to ensure that your pathway comes out exactly as you want it to.
If you are framing your path with a border like bender board or large rocks, place those in place.
If the existing material needs to be removed, go to "clear and compact". If you have existing gravel that you want to top go directly to "Border".
You can use a rough gravel or road base to fill the gaps and any variations in your pathway, compact and level the surface. Leave enough room for 2" of Flagstone Chips. Compact and level any gravel or soil prior to topping with Flagstone Chips. DO NOT USE A RAKE OR ANY TINED UTENSIL TO SPREAD.
CLEAR & COMPACT
Remove sod using a sod cutter, be sure no mulch or organic material remains.Use a tamper or plate compactor to compact prepped area, use road base or gravel to fill the gaps and/or any variations in your pathway and level as best you can.
After the material is spread be sure to compact the pathway using a tamper or plate compactor or your feet. Once the material is compacted you can wet the pathway, Do Not Saturate, ensuring the fines have received light amount of water and then allow the pathway to dry, undisturbed, for 24 hours.