There are many building materials available to create paved surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, bricks and even natural pebbles. Pebbles are a common choice for pathways and other paved areas in a garden, or natural setting because they are more synonymous with nature. If you are laying a walkway, driveway or other patio stone surface, it is important to make sure the earth underneath the gravel is firm, and does not dip down in the center, causing water to collect.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Excavation tools
- Geotextile fabric
- Scalping stone
- Roller or vibrating plate
Prepare and Measure
Measure the length and width of the area you want to pave and multiply the two numbers together to give you the squared area. Determine how deep you want your paved area to be and multiply the depth by your squared area---this will tell you how much gravel you need to complete the project.
Excavate the area by hand or hire a professional excavator to get the job done more quickly. If you are digging out the area yourself, be sure the ground is hard and does not sink down in any areas. You may need to compact the area using a roller to make it flat and compact---or you can rent a vibrating plate to stamp down the dirt.
Cover the entire area that is to be paved with a geotextile fabric. This will prevent any rocks from seeping into the ground and will also prevent weeds from sprouting up through your pebbles once the area is paved.
Lay a few inches of base material --scalping stone is good because it is easier to spread and cheaper than hardcore base. Spread out the base and rake it flat. Once the base is in place, stamp it down using the vibrating plate or your roller.
Spread the top gravel pebbles on top and rake the pebbles until they are level. To ensure the pebbles are level, lay down a board and place a level on top of the board.
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