A step-by-step guide to paving

Summer is here and its the perfect time to get out in your backyard.

If you're having the family over for Christmas, you might want to gift yourself a new outdoor entertainment area.

Instead of paying someone to get the job done, follow this easy DIY guide from Better Homes and Gardens landscaping expert, Jason Hodges.

Step one: 

Plot out the area you would like paved and remove any grass, plants, soil or other material from the zone. Excavate the area to create a space deep enough to lay your pavement. If you're paving a walkway, Hodges suggests you account for 100mm of road base, 30mm of sand and the thickness of your paver when plotting out the depth of your area.

Step two:

The most important part of the base is that it is even. Spread the road base evenly over your marked-out area. Go over the area with a plate compactor, or 'wacker packer', twice to ensure it is tightly compacted. Cover the area in washed sand and level, using a timber float or straight edge. 

Step three: 

To ensure your paved area ends up straight, set up a string line along the edges. Starting from one end, lay your pavers across, in rows, leaving a 3mm gap between each. Ensure your pavers are square with the string line. Secure your pavers into place, tapping uneven pavers with a rubber mallet to ensure they are level. 

Step four: 

Use a sand and cement mix to lock-in your pavers. Mix sand and cement in a wheelbarrow and then spread this along the edge of your paved area at an angle, from the base, up 75 per cent of the paver's edge.

Step five: 

Cover the area in a layer of sand and sweep into the 3mm gaps between pavers. Go over the area with a wacker packer to ensure the area is level. Hose down to finish.

Extra tip: You can use a sealer to protect your paved area and provide a more polished touch.


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