How to lay paving stones in backyard?

Laying paving stones is a DIY project that takes about a weekend to complete. Add and level the cobblestone sand. Add stones for borders or cobblestone borders. Place the pavers on the base of coarse-grained sand.

Walk gently on newly placed cobblestones to reach the next rows. Keep the pavers tight to each other, as wide joints cause weeds between the pavers. Use a small two-by-four piece of waste to soften the impact and use it as a leveling indicator, so that adjacent pavers are aligned with each other. After finishing all the preparatory work, start placing the pavers in the sand, using the straight edge as a guide.

However, it will create a solid “cushion” when trapped between two hard surfaces, such as a base and a cobblestone. The load distribution puts less pressure on the ground and prevents the pavers from uneven. For an irregularly shaped project, simply mark the edges with spray paint or place a garden hose along the outer edge to mark the area. If you have a large project or if you want to use large format pavers (24 inches by 24 inches or more), you may want to have a contractor or garden company do the work for you.

A mini “footer” can be dug with a hand shovel along the edge of the pavers without restrictions, approximately 3 in width and 3 in depth. Secondly, it will act as a barrier between the compactor and the paver so that the plate does not scratch or crack the surface of the newly placed pavers. Later, while digging, draw a line of rope between the stake and then measure to the desired depth to account for the base material of the cobblestone. After installing the pavers, a retaining border must be placed to prevent the pattern from spreading and the project from crumbling.

Concrete pavers come in many different colors and textures, some even simulate natural stone or brick. Be sure to keep the height uniform throughout the area, as this is the last layer; its height will determine the final height of the patio. Place plastic parts on pavers in random areas, especially in shaded areas, in the heat of the afternoon. To get the pavers flush with the ground level, dig approximately 5 inches down to allow 4 inches of base material, plus 1 inch of sand bed, plus the 1-inch thickness of the pavers.

While laying patio pavers is a fairly simple and straightforward exterior project, handling base materials and pavers is an exhausting job. Buy pavers on a pallet and have them delivered to your home, as close to the patio as possible.

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