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How to Accent New Interlocking Pavers

By Henry Van Beek Subscribe to RSS | July 11th 2012 | Views:

So it’s patio season and your patio is still non-existent. You’re missing out on interlocking bricks. You wish to have your friends and family over in the backyard, however they keep creating a mess of your front yard. In the event you don’t have the right type of area for a raised hardwood patio, or simply love the look, interlocking patio stones can provide your backyard the design and style it deserves, whilst keeping you from having to repair your lawn after an adventurous event.

The first thing to look at with this process is that often installing patio stones is not really always easy. They’re weighty, dirty, the procedure is time intensive, and the results can vary greatly on your skill level. Having a professional generally is a good option. In order to avoid fatigue on your end, maybe those same mates who keep messing up your property could visit and be useful for once! Kidding around aside, professional help at any stage is recommended to get those patio stones looking their best.

First use tent stakes and string to clearly outline the vicinity you want your patio to cover. Have some of your own bricks ready at this point and commence lining them up along the string. Always keep about a Popsicle stick amount of distance between them. Valuable point; have popsicles ready within your freezer; you can say it’s a valuable measuring instrument for your project. Once you have your bricks lined up (as well as your Popsicle eaten) you can start shifting them so that you have nice crisp and clean edges. This will save you a lot of time later on because you will not need to cut them.

Once you have the outline all set it is time to begin digging. This is the time to have a great deal of help. Maybe you could entice best friends and family with popsicles? Dig down about Four or five inches, and extend the excavated area about an inch past the string.

Next install a tough plastic edging around the perimeter. Tent nails may be used to maintain it in position, ensure that the top of it is line with the un-excavated ground level. Use string now to indicate where the ground level is over your excavated area. This will aid you to keep it level as you install the patio stones.

The next phase is to use concrete, lime, or sand as an under layer. Most knowledgeable technicians find that lime is the best and least expensive 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 when you’re going to need those best friends since it is time to compact this under layer. A cinder block works well, 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 for you to position your bricks. Start closest to your home and work out. Pound every brick by using a rubber mallet to be certain it is in position. Keep placing them until you have used all of the full bricks that you can. Make use of a simple chisel to make partial bricks. Ensure that you measure twice and cut once, it’s a time and headache saver.

Seeing that your patio is virtually done, it is just 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 tough work is completed now chill out, settle down, enjoy the interlocking bricks of your new patio, and have any kind of bash you want without fearing for your lawns 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, gardening supply and patio stones in Oakville, topsoils Mississauga and surrounding areas for 50 years.

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