Installing Pavers In Your Yards
Some homeowners prefer to use pavers in their yard instead of cement in order to create a walkway or patio. There are several ways to installing pavers in your yard. Here are some of them. Lay the pavers in the desired design, cutting pavers as needed. Be sure to leave a space between each paver to create the sand joint. Once the pavers have been laid, run a compacter over the pavers to press them evenly into the base materials. The next step is the creation of the sand joints. Dry, fine-grained sand is needed for this step. Spread the sand over the pavers with a push broom, sweeping the sand into the space between all of the pavers, filling them to the edge of the pavers. If you don’t want your pavers moving around, edge restraints will keep your pavers looking tidy. Edge restraints are especially helpful in areas where cold winters cause heaving of the ground. They will help to keep pavers where they were originally laid. Edge restraints are made from various materials including plastic, aluminum and concrete.
Sealant can help to protect your pavers, especially those that are in high traffic areas. While this step isn’t required, it will keep your pavers looking new and make them easier to clean. This works best for pavers that utilize sand joints, not those that have plant materials, such as thyme, growing between them. To seal the pavers, clean and sweep the area where sealant will be applied. Apply the sealant evenly, including on the sand joints of the pavers. This will help to keep the sand where it belongs and inhibit weed growth.