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How to Install Patio Stones

By Henry Van Beek Subscribe to RSS | July 11th 2012 | Views:
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Consequently it's courtyard season and your courtyard still is non-existent. You're missing interlocking bricks. You would like to have your friends and family over in the yard, but they continue to keep making a mess of your property. If you don't have the right kind of spot for a raised solid wood patio, or simply prefer the look, interlocking patio stones will give your backyard garden the form it deserves, and keep you from needing to repair your backyard after an ambitious get together.

The first step to think about from this process is that often installing patio stones just isn't an easy task. They're weighty, grubby, the process is frustrating, and also the results can vary greatly on your level of skill. Choosing a professional can be a wise decision. To prevent fatigue on your end, maybe those same mates who keep messing up your landscape could come by and be useful for once! Joking aside, professional help at any phase is advised to get your patio stones looking their finest.

First use tent stakes and string to clearly outline the area you want the patio to cover. Get some of your own bricks completely ready at this point and initiate lining them up along the string. Maintain about a Pop-sicle stick amount of distance between them. Good suggestion; have popsicles ready within your freezer; you can say it's a valuable measuring instrument for the task. Upon having your bricks arranged (and your Popsicle eaten) you can begin altering them so that you have good crisp edges. This will help you save time down the line because you will not have to cut them.

Once you have the outline all set to go it is time to begin digging. This can be the time to get a great deal of help. Maybe you could entice good friends with popsicles? Dig down about 4 to 5 inches, and extend the excavated area about an inch beyond the string.

Next install a heavy duty plastic edging around the perimeter. Tent nails could be used to maintain it in place, ensure the top of it is line with the un-excavated ground level. Use string now to indicate where ground level is over your excavated area. This will help you keep it level while you install the patio stones.

The next phase is to use concrete, lime, or sand as an under layer. Most seasoned contractors find that lime is the best and most economical option. Fill your excavated area using the lime till it is approximately even with your string, and even it out with a metal rake. This again is where you're going to need those relatives since it is time to compact this under layer. A cinder block is useful, a compactor you can rent works best. With this done level off the whole patio area utilizing a 2X4 piece of wood the length of your patio area.

Now the fun begins and your patio actually starts to take form as it's time to place your bricks. Start nearest to your household and work out. Pound each brick by using a rubber mallet to make sure it is in position. Keep placing them until you have utilised each of the full bricks that you can. Employ a simple chisel to slice partial bricks. Ensure that you measure twice and cut once, it's a time and head ache saver.

Now that your patio is practically done, it's really a question of filling the whole thing in with sand by spreading it all across your new patio and sweeping it into all the cracks. That's it, the hard work is finished now take a moment, rest, enjoy the interlocking bricks of your new patio, and have any type of celebration you'd like with out worrying for your grass safety.

Henry Van Beek - About Author:
Henry Van Beek is a landscaping and gardening expert. His family owned business Van Beek's Garden Supplies has been providing landscape supplies, Garden Supplies and patio stones, patio stones in Oakville, Mississauga and surrounding areas for 50 years.

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