How to Remove Grass to Install Pavers

Pavers are made of materials such as stone or brick. Pavers are commonly used to create walkways, driveways and patios. It is annoying to install pavers and then watch grass spring up between the cracks. Removing grass will also prepare (or even) the surface where the pavers are to be installed. You can remove grass correctly with a few basic procedures.

Things You'll Need

  • Sprinkler
  • String
  • Stakes
  • Paint
  • Shovel
  • Sod cutter
  • Herbicide
  • Rake

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Water the grass that is to be removed. Wet soil is easier to dig into than dry soil. If you decide to use a herbicide, water the grass well in advance to help it grow. Long grass blades will absorb a herbicide better than grass that is short.

Mark out the area where the grass is to be removed. You can do this by attaching string to small stakes or by spraying paint on the grass along the boundaries.

Dig out the grass with a flat, square shovel. Make sure you dig deep enough to remove the grass roots. The depth you will dig depends on what type of grass you are removing. Ask an expert how deep the grass grows that you are removing.

Remove the grass with a mechanized sod cutter. Sod cutters have blades that cut the grass as you walk along. A sod cutter will create strips of grass that can be rolled up. Sod cutters can be purchased or rented at home improvement stores.

Spray the grass with a non-selective herbicide. Follow the directions on the package to see how many applications are recommended. The directions will also say how long to wait between applications.

Rake out dead grass or any other debris such as stones. Grade the soil so that it is flat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't water the area after spraying with a herbicide. Know that some grasses are more difficult to remove than others. A sod cutter is particularly useful when removing large areas of grass.
  • Make sure herbicide is not sprayed on grass (or other plant life) you don't want to remove.


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