Improve Your Garden With New Paving

Hello! Is your garden looking a little run down? My name is Jackie and on this new blog, I will be passing on everything I know about how different paving solutions can make your garden look great. Although I am not a professional, my interest in paving began two years ago when I decided to help a friend who was carrying out renovation work on her home. As part of the work, I organised for paving contractors to come in and lay a new garden path. I was so impressed, I hired the same people to work on my home and I decided to learn all I could about the topic.

Guidelines for DIY Pattern Paver Installation


Pattern pavers can make your yard to look spectacular if you implement the insider tips and tricks that professional contractors use for such projects. This article discusses some of those tips that you can borrow in order to achieve pro-like results when you install your pattern pavers.

Consider Your Permeability Needs

How much water runoff passes through your property when it rains? Pattern pavers can be an avenue that you can exploit to deal with that runoff. Larger spaces between the individual pavers will increase the rate at which water will permeate through the pavers. Use smaller spaces if you don't have a big volume of runoff water to deal with. Don't neglect the traffic in the areas that you are paving as you decide how much space to leave between the pavers. It is advisable for you to fit the pavers tightly if the area receives heavy traffic.

Check Their Orientation

Many inexperienced homeowners never realise that they have installed the wrong side of the pavers facing up. This is because they simply pick the pavers from their boxes and place them on the ground without examining them. Manufacturers usually package the pattern pavers upside down. You therefore have to reverse their position as you lay them on the ground so that they adhere to each other in the way that the manufacturer intended them to.

Start from a Corner

It is important for you to start laying the pattern pavers from a corner regardless of the shape that you want to form with those materials. This is because starting from a corner will give you a straight edge from which you can judge how accurately you have oriented the subsequent pavers that you have laid. You may also use a string or chalk marks to guide you as you lay the pattern pavers in the shape that you had planned.

Pick from Different Boxes

It will be hard to find pattern pavers in different boxes matching exactly in colour. Professionals are aware of this difference and use a simple technique to ensure that all the pavers will match once they are installed. The experts pick pavers from different boxes as they are working on an area. Inexperienced people finish the pavers in one box before opening another one. Do as the professionals do so that your pavers will look uniform in colour once you mix those from different boxes in the same area.

The tips above only cover the stage of placing the pavers on the ground. However, other aspects, such as surface preparation, may play a bigger role in determining the longevity and functionality of the paved surface. You may therefore need to hire a paving contractor to perform those other tasks if you lack the necessary experience to do it on your own.


17 August 2017