DIY outdoor projects to spruce up your landscape come in all shapes and sizes. One project that adds a decorative appearance to the yard and has a useful purpose is creating a stone path using brick pavers. Available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, brick pavers are easy to install.
Begin your project with a plan. Walk the area to determine the course of your route. Draw the route on a sketch pad, noting any obstacles that might require cutting the stones. Take advantage of existing shrubbery, flowers and statuary to create a scenic and interesting pathway. Avoid pitfalls by drawing several variations and comparing them with each other before constructing your new stone path. Transfer the design to the ground with either spray paint or lay out a garden hose for the outline.
Preparing the Path
Placing spikes along the perimeter of the path provides an ideal guide. Clearing the pathway of rocks and debris beforehand makes for easier installation. Level bumps and spread the dirt evenly to provide a smooth surface for the pavers. Landscape fabric, crushed stone and sand provide a solid base for your stone pavers. Compacting the crushed stone and sand with a mallet provides additional strength to your path and helps prevent settling.
After preparing the path, you can start installing the pavers. The pavers should be placed as close together as possible and should be as level as possible. Adjust uneven pavers by adding or removing sand. After setting the pavers in place, fill in around the seams with polymeric sand. Sweep the path, and then lightly mist the area using a water hose to activate the sand. Repeat the misting process again in 15 minutes after the sand has had a chance to dry.
Cut paving stones to accommodate obstacles by using an angle grinder equipped with a diamond blade. Install decorative border stones along the perimeter of the path to help hold pavers in place. Wear protective eye gear when cutting the pavers to protect your eyes from flying pieces of stone.
When you are finished, you will have a garden path that is not only decorative, but also functional and will provide years of service.