How to Easily Install Patio Pavers

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Installing patio pavers is an easy way to make a patio in your backyard instead of mixing and pouring concrete for the job. Creating an outdoor living space for your family will give you a place to have barbecues or relax, and the installation of patio pavers itself can be a family activity.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 4 ground stakes
  • Shovel
  • Yarn or twine
  • Black landscape fabric
  • Sand
  • Hand tamper
  • Pavers
  • Mallet
  • Garden rake
  • Broom
  • Identify an area in your backyard that would be ideal for your patio. The chosen area should be flat and level, which will make it easy to lay the pavers.

  • Contact utility companies to find underground utilities before digging. The company will send someone to mark the underground cables and pipes with either paint or flags.

  • Measure the chosen area's square footage. You will need the measurements when purchasing the pavers and other supplies from a home improvement store.

  • Place ground stakes in each corner, tying twine or yarn from each stake. Eliminate the grass and weeds inside the stakes by digging up the area with a shovel. Remove all debris and rocks. Smooth the area the back of the shovel or a rake.

  • Cover with black landscaping fabric to stop weeds from growing through the patio pavers.

  • Place a 3-inch layer of sand over the fabric, smoothing with a rake. Water the sand and pack it firmly using a hand tamper.

  • Lay the pavers in the sand by starting from one of the corners. Tap each paver with a mallet as you lay it down. Use the depth of the first paver laid as a guide to lay the rest. If you notice one of the pavers is lower or higher, remove it. Place more sand in that area if it is too low or remove sand if it is too high. Smooth the sand and place the paver back.

  • Spread a layer of sand over the completed paver patio. Sweep the sand in between the pavers. Water the patio with a hose to settle the sand between the pavers. Repeat once the patio has dried. Wait two days before stepping or placing items on the patio.

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