A paver patio gives a polished, structured appearance to a landscape. The uniform shapes of pavers allow you to fit them together in a variety of classic and interlocking patterns. A paver patio can be installed on a bed of gravel and sand over a weekend. Once the pavers are installed, you can seal them to prevent fading and make the surface easier to clean. Edges are typically finished with a simple metal edging to prevent the pavers from shifting beneath normal wear and tear.
Things You'll Need
- Edge restraints
- Nail spike, 12-inch
- Rubber mallet
- Tin snips
- Soil or mulch
Line the outer perimeter of your patio with metal-edge restraints. If the patio is curved, use plastic or another flexible edging material.
Hold the edging against the outer side of the patio, starting in a corner.
Position a 12-inch nail spike in the pre-cut hole in the edging. Sink the spike in the ground with a rubber mallet at a slight sideways angle.
Continue to press the edging against the pavers and secure it in the ground every 2 feet with a spike through the holes, until you finish the first side. Use tin snips to cut the edging at the end of the first side.
Position the edging against the next corner and repeat the installation process until all exposed sides of the patio have edge restraints.
Cover the metal edging with soil or mulch to conceal it.
Tips & Warnings
- If the pavers are set in mortar over a concrete foundation they do not need edge restraints. You can leave the edges raw or lay the end pavers end-to-end around the outside of the patio's surface for a framed appearance.
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