Paving Stone Garden Paths – DIY Tips
A paving stone garden path is a lovely way to connect your garden with other outdoor spaces. The garden should be a place where you go to connect with nature, to relax, and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Getting there should be equally enjoyable and with a paving stone garden path, it can be.
Go Pavers is the premier Southern California pavers contractor. We have designed paver walkways throughout the area and have had the privilege of working with some amazing clients. We have the largest online pavers collection, and sometimes clients ask us how they can install pavers themselves. If you are a DIY homeowner, here are some tips for how you can create paving stone garden paths:
- Determine the flow. Paving stone garden paths should wind naturally through your landscape. It should appear to have ended up there as part of the natural process, adding to, rather than taking away from the beauty of your landscape and plantings. Carefully consider where your path should be placed and where every curve should be.
- Pavers Visualizer. Take pictures of the area where you want to install paving stone garden paths. Upload the photo to our free online pavers visualize tool. You can select the pavers you like and have them placed onto the photo. This will allow you to see how a particular color, texture, and size looks in your landscape.
- Measure your area. You need to measure the length and width of your garden path. Multiply to find out your total square footage.
- Buy your pavers. You can shop for pavers specialize in our online store. We list the pavers price per square foot, so it is easy to see how much the project will cost. The price also includes demolition and labor.
- Mark your pathway. Use stakes to mark your garden pathway.
- Excavate. You need to dig around 8” deep.
- Lay the Base. Lay a gravel base that is 4 – 6” deep. The gravel base needs to be compacted to make sure that it does not move. This is important for the long term durability of your paving stone garden path.
- Install pavers. Place your walkway pavers in the pattern that you have envisioned. You can use corresponding colors to create something that is more visually interesting.
- Sand Filler. You need to pour sand filler in between your pavers. This holds them securely in place.
- Clean Up. Clean the surface of your pavers and check to see if you are missing any sand. Make sure that every paver has sand between it.
- Paver Sealer. You can use a paver sealer to keep your pavers looking new longer. This also decreases the long term maintenance by preventing grass from growing in the cracks and making it easier to remove stains.
Creating paving stone garden paths can be fun. It can also be a lot of work. If you want the serene benefits of a lovely, quiet garden pathway, without the labor to create it – contact Go Pavers. We offer free consultations and our pavers prices include the cost of demolition and labor. Our experts can create paving stone garden paths that will take your breath away. Call us today and get started.
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