Pathways lined with pavers bring a rustic look to any garden. In this article, we take you through the key steps involved in using pavers to build your own pathway.
Mark Out the Pathway
As with laying stone tiles for an indoor surface, marking out the pathway in your garden is important for getting a clear idea of what it will look like and the quantities of materials required. A garden hose, spray paint, or some stakes and string are all great tools for helping you visualise and plan out the pathway.
Once you’ve marked out the pathway, you can start calculating how large your pathway will be in order to determine how much materials you’ll need. Use the measuring tape to obtain a final figure.
If you have any questions about working out how many pavers and sand you’ll need, check with your supplier for assistance.
Digging the Path
Before you start digging, check for any wiring, irrigation, or other piping in the area.
Laying the Base
Once you’ve removed the topsoil and levelled it with a slight drop from the house where required, you can start laying the foundation for the pavers. Lay down around 1 to 2 inches of sand. If you’re laying a gravel foundation, make sure you’ve dug deeper to accommodate the gravel and lay the gravel before the sand.
For screeding, lay down two pipes on either side of the path in the sand and drag a wooden board over the sand to level it. Compact the sand with a plate compactor.
You may want to use paving edging to hold your pavers in place. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and install the edging before you lay down the pavers.
Laying the Pavers
Lay the pavers directly on to the sand. For pathways, consider using a perimeter of angled pavers along the sides to create striking lines. Unlike stone cladding on walls, pavers should be compacted when used on pathways to ensure that the surface is level.
You can use a plate compactor for larger surfaces. If you’re concerned about scratching your pavers, lay a rubber mat or carpet between the paver and the compactor.
Once you’ve compacted your pavers, apply a good layer of jointing sand over the top, wet the sand, and sweep away excess sand.