Build Your Back Yard Patio with Garden Pavers

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Summer is coming and it’ll be time for barbeques before you know it. You want your lawn and garden looking its best. But what about your patio? What about the patio you keep meaning to build? Well, now is the time to get on that!

Creating your backyard patio is something you can do on your own as a spring DIY project, with a little know-how and elbow grease. To get started, decide the size of the area that you want to use for your patio. You will have to determine the amount of garden pavers you will need. You can find calculators on line or use this one. Take into consideration what kinds of pavers you want to use as well. There are many options including:

  • Brick pavers
  • Stone pavers (including interlocking stone pavers and limestone)
  • Sandstone pavers
  • Concrete squares
  • Cinderblock
  • Granite Pavers
  • Slate Pavers

Once you have the kind of material you want to work with you will also need the following:

  • Gravel
  • Twine or String
  • Coarse dirt
  • Sand
  • 2/4 Boards (must be straight)
  • Shovel, trowel, and grading rakes
  • Ledger board
  • Stakes
  • Tamper (rent an electronic one – recommended)
  • Hammer (including dead-blow)

Once you have all of your materials needed you will start by grading your area with the grading rake. This step is to make sure that your area is relatively level so that you will have a solid working area for your patio. Next, using your shovel spread your gravel. You will want to be sure there are no dips or bumps as the area must be level. You may want to use the grading rake again to level. Repeat this process with the dirt and sand.

Once your area is fairly level you will tamper the ground to pack the base of your patio. You can tamper by hand but it is far more efficient to do this with vibrating compactor. Take breaks to check the level of the ground by laying your boards down and ensuring they are flat and even. You can use a level for this part as well.

With your bender board, create a ledger frame to put the pavers in place. Do not do too big of an area at once. Take each row one at a time and place garden pavers down one at a time.

Tips for working with Stone

If you are using stone slabs or interlocking stone pavers, you will want to be careful about laying the material down flat. You may be tempted to tip the stone into place because it is heavy (especially with interlocking pavers) but it is important to lay them flat and straight in order to keep the patio area level. Some stones require additional support underneath. Before starting your project, talk to your garden supply company and ask them for recommendations.

A Note BEFORE You Start

While creating your own patio using interlocking pavers and other garden pavers is relatively simple it does require time and patience. If you are unsure about any step of the process, talk to someone! It’s okay to ask questions. Our referral companies are not only there to do the work for you. Before you begin or during the process if you need help, let us find you some. Here are www.ThisHandyMan.com we have a number of professionals in the area that sell garden pavers and know the ins and outs of their uses. To find someone to help you with your patio project just enter your zip code and project details. Help is just a few clicks away!

 

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