Saturday, June 25, 2011

How to Install a Stone, Paver Or Brick Garden Path Or Patio

Pavers, brick, stone and dry-laid on a bed of sand can be used by a homeowner without any difficulty. The installation process is simple and forgiving. In areas where there is a frost heave, you can compact the soil if needed to keep the big stone. Then transfer them to help sweep sand between the stones.

Here is a basic step-by-step how to set stones, pavers, and bricks for a walkway, patio, or garden path to make the offer. I concrete pavers, brick or stone as the stone is mentioned, to save space.

In the simplest form of cobble stone is laying flat on the ground directly. Sits down and loosen dirt so that each stone firmly supported equally. Grass or ground cover grows among the rocks and you can mow right over them. The method rustic, natural setting is suitable for. Help drainage, accumulated dirt before laying a layer of sand over the stone half-inch spread.

A formal look or design and to get better drainage, concrete sand placed in the crushed stone. It requires more work, but you get a flatter, and even between the joints with sand instead of stone paving will plant. Sand in the ground of irregularities compensates. Once the bed is in place, laying stone, much like a puzzle. Try different combinations of stone until you get between the joints is the smallest interval. If using pavers or bricks, have been predetermined pattern.

Equipment and materials may be required - stone, pavers, or bricks, manipulating, gloves, landscape fabric, safety goggles, tape measure, rubber mallet, string, plywood, wood stakes, 48-inch level, small sledgehammer, pencil , square framing, brick hammer, garden hose, pitching chisel, hoe, broom, sand, gravel, and kneepads.

Basic Instructions: Prepare the bed is the most difficult step in laying stone. Two in a bed of sand is usually enough if your stones are the same thickness. The thickness changes, you may need a deep sand bed. Keep the weeds down, use landscape fabric. If your soil does not drain well, a bed of gravel beneath four inches of sand to consider. Use landscape fabric between gravel and sand when using this method. If your soil drains poorly and you are in a cold climate, consider an even deeper on the gravel.

When ordering merchandise, your measurements with you so the dealer can help figure out your needs. If you rock your own molds with concrete, brick or pavers are not, you have to allow for breakage, cutting mistakes, and 5-10 percent on future purchases need repair.

Packed sand stone laying:

1. Set your region to outside edge of the proposed walking trail patio or Lay bets. Mark out the corners a bit beyond the proposed increase. Using a framing square to confirm that as of right angle corners. For free-form shapes, curves, using the garden hose to put out. Now go around the outline, perimeter score to sink a spade into the earth. Once you have hit the ground, stakes, string, or remove the hose.

2. Dig the soil about 1 inch of stone set above the ground. Minus 1 inch thickness of the stone: to do so, that equals to dig deeper. Figure for the 2-inch sand bed, plus 4 inches for a gravel base is a need. Area close to the grass, remove roots and large rocks. Now, if someone using gravel. Tamp it down with a hand or mechanical tampering.

3. Weed barrier installed in the excavation of gravel or a layer of landscape fabric on top if used to install. 4-6 inches overlap. Landscape fabric to prevent weeds while still is designed to allow water to drain through.

4. Spread and screed the sand top routinely build landscape fabric with about 2 inches of sand. Tamp it down, and a straight length of 2x4 to the piece of land using the sand level.

5. Install Stones - Start in a corner, throw rocks at the sand and use a rubber mallet to tamp in place. The bed level to make sure they are, and do not wobble. If necessary, sand to dig out of bed to make more stable. Arrange the edges toward the outside perimeter and fitted with an irregular edges. Leave a space between the half-inch stones. If using pavers or bricks, a space between them against each other with a quarter to half inch, butt. If you molds with concrete pavers or bricks made of my own to save money, the parties to enable demolding angle will automatically give you the space you need to be butted tightly against each other.

Tip: If you kneel on the sand to keep the stone, using a piece of plywood to keep from making depressions. After you have some stones, stone kneel instead. A Level 4 - feet long to maintain the level of the paving.

6. Cut stone, a stone to a better fit for the shape may need to be trimmed. First, more than those in place to hold a pencil or crayon stones be cut with the cutting line mark. Small cut, trim using a brick hammer. For larger cuts, score lines marked with a pitching chisel and hammer. Off unwanted hammer gently tap using the piece. With brick pavers or trim if you have anything you may not have planned the dimensions of your project.