How to Finish Edges on Patio Pavers


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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