Using Concrete Pavers in Landscaping
If you are planning to add landscaping features to your yard, using concrete pavers is a simple way to improve the aesthetics of your outdoor space without the hassles of traditional masonry work. Concrete pavers are relatively easy to work with and can be used in a variety of landscaping applications.
You can use concrete pavers to create walkways or even a patio where you and your family can relax and enjoy the outdoors. The variety of available paver shapes and sizes allow you to create both straight and curved walkways so you can customize the look and feel of your landscaped space.
If you are using concrete pavers to build a patio, you can create a custom design by using square, rectangular, or hexagonal pavers. Using rectangular or hexagonal pavers requires advance planning so that you can create the pattern you desire for your patio space.
Concrete pavers can also be used as edging for gardens and flower beds. Because they are easily stackable, you can use them to transition between landscaping elements of differing heights. They provide a visually pleasing alternative to plastic edging and can help give your landscaped space a clean, modern appearance.
Before beginning your landscaping project, be sure to measure the space where you plan to install your concrete pavers. This will allow you to determine how many pavers you need to complete your project. Measuring and calculating before you begin will save you unnecessary trips to your local home improvement store, which will allow you to complete your project more quickly.
One advantage of using concrete pavers is that you typically do not have to use mortar to join the pavers, as long as you are not creating an edging wall more than two or three courses high. You can simply dry stack the pavers, staggering the edges for each course to add strength and stability to your installation.
If you plan to build a patio, you should dig an area at least six inches deep and level the ground so that the pavers sit flat. By filling the hole with three inches of gravel and one inch of construction sand, you can create a solid foundation that provides sufficient drainage. When you arrange the pavers on the sand, tap them down with a section of lumber and sweep sand between the joints to prevent weed growth. Granville Stone can help with all your concrete paver needs.
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