5 Steps to install Landscape Paving Stones

May 20th, 2018

Landscaping Paving Stone Installation

Hardscaping can really give definition to your landscape. These permanent structures are the backbone of your garden, and when done right complement the softscaping features of the gardens, beds, and lawn areas. Here is a practical guide to installing landscaping paving stones. We chose square pavers for a pathway through a client's backyard in Burnaby.

Landscaping installing Paving stones

Landscaping installing Paving stones removing grass

Step 1: Remove the existing material. Edge out and peel back a minimum of 4" of turf with a straight edger in the dimensions of your paving stone.

Landscaping installing Paving stones removing grass

Landscaping installing Paving stones removing grass

Step 2: Smooth and level the base using a hand tamper and a level to get a flat surface (at this point some people put down landscape fabric-we don't because we don't use non-biodegradable plastic).

Landscaping installing Paving stones installing base

Landscaping installing Paving stones installing base

Step 3: Add a layer of fill where the hole is. Our choice is 3/4" clear crushed road base, which drains well because of the large sized aggregate.

Landscaping installing Paving stones installing base

Landscaping installing Paving stones installing base

Step 4: Tamp down with a tamper to set the material. Make sure you leave enough space for the paving stone so that it will sit flush with the surface.

Landscaping installing Paving stones.Step 5: Put down the paving stone and set square with the ground. Be sure to sweep the area. Maintaining a clean line between the hardscape and the grass using a string trimmer during the growing season will keep the landscape looking clean and neat.