Creating a brick path in your front or back yard can be a great way to add some visual appeal and functionality to your lawn. Bricks are very low-maintenance and retain their shape and color for long periods of time. They also are very resistant to water, making them skid-proof. If you have kids (or just enjoy running around in your yard), brick is a great choice because it allows you to move freely without worrying about falls or injuries in rainy weather.
To lay a brick path, you will need a special kind of brick called a paver. These are shaped in a way that is intended to be put in the ground, instead of stacked to create a wall. The technique for laying pavers is somewhat different from laying traditional bricks.
How to lay pavers:
First, you will need to plan exactly where you want your project to be in your yard. Use chalk, spray paint, or another type of marker to indicate where the pavers will go. Be sure to use a measuring tape to keep everything to scale.
Your pavers will need to sit slightly above the surface of the ground so that water does not pool around them. You will need to measure the slope of your yard to get this just right. Then, you will need to dig out the area of your project so you can build your base. There are many different base options you can use, although gravel with a layer of sand on top is a great choice. Come in and see us at our Arundel warehouse to discuss the best option for your situation. We have a great range of bases, gravels and sands available to get you started. Your base will need to be extremely well compacted with a tamper to give your pavers a solid place to sit.
The process of actually laying the pavers is very easy.
- Start with the longest straight side of your project, and place the pavers in the sand in a flat, straight line. Leave a small gap between each brick (roughly an eighth of an inch). Avoid standing on the sand – stand on the outside of the project or on the pavers you have already put down. If you need to, you can trim down your pavers with a saw to keep them straight and flat.
- You’ll then need a special tool called a plate compactor to tamp them into your sand base.
- Run over the pavers several times with this to ensure everything is snug, and then
- Use a sealing material to put the pavers into place.
Want some help choosing the right pavers for the job. We have a huge range and our friendly staff are more than happy to show you around our display warehouse. Come in and see us in store today.