How to Install Paver Bricks Next to a Driveway

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Lining a driveway with brick pavers is a simple but effective way to dress up what might otherwise be a bland stretch of concrete or asphalt. With the wide variety of brick pavers available, you can choose from many options. The work isn't complicated, but will take a bit of time and some hard work.

Things You'll Need

  • Brick pavers
  • Measuring tape
  • Square-bladed shovel
  • Landscape cloth
  • Sand
  • Rake
  • Torpedo level
  • Broom
  • Choose your pavers. Pavers come in many different styles and colors, and your choice can have a big effect on how your landscaping efforts look. Go to your local building supply store and examine your possibilities. If you're uncertain, buy a few sample pavers and see how they'll look in place alongside your driveway.

  • Purchase your pavers. You can calculate the number you need by measuring the distance you'll be covering and dividing that by the length of each paver. The number you come up with is the number of pavers you'll need for the border along your driveway.

  • Dig out the grass and topsoil next to the driveway where you'll be placing the border to a depth of 4 inches using a square-bladed shovel.

  • Line the bottom of the dug out area with landscaping cloth, cut to size. This will help prevent weed or other vegetation from growing between the pavers.

  • Fill the area over the top of the landscaping cloth with sand up to within 1 inch of the top. Rack the sand so that it is level.

  • Place your pavers onto the sand to fill in your border. As you install each paver, make sure it's level by using a torpedo level. Stop after every few pavers to check that you're maintaining a consistent height as you go along.

  • When the pavers are laid, spread a layer of sand on top and sweep it into the crevices with a broom. This helps prevent the pavers from shifting while they settle.

References

  • Landscaping with Stone; Pat Sagui; 2005
  • The Complete Guide to Decorative Landscaping With Brick and Masonry; Edward J. Heddy and Pete Peterson; 1990
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