Spaced Pavers allow for some really awesome effects in your landscaping designs. Using individual pavers placed in various settings such as gravel, pebbles, grass or any other landscaping base, you open the door to endless possibilities for a design as unique as you are. The basic installation is the same as continuous pavers, but now, we space the pavers for a design that can include a variety of landscaping bases.
Step 1: Excavate The Area
Spaces used for foot traffic generally need 4-6" of base material. Figure out how deep your base will need to be (consult the manufacturer), and add about 1 - 1 1/2" for the sand layer, plus the thickness of the pavers. The sum of the depth of the base, the sand, and the pavers will be how deep you need to excavate your project area. Also, excavate 6-12" beyond the boundaries of the project to give you ample space to install your edge restraints.
Step 2: Lay The Pavers In Place
Seat the pavers onto the gravel base in their desired locations. You can tap the pavers down firmly using a rubber mallet. Alternatively, you can add a shallow layer of sand on top of the gravel into which to seat the pavers.
Step 3: Backfill The Remaining Space With Topsoil And Grass Seed
After the pavers are positioned correctly, use topsoil to fill in the remaining space between them. The topsoil excavated at the beginning of the process will be more than enough to fill in the gaps. You can scatter the grass seed with your hand. Make sure to achieve full coverage over all of the areas between the pavers. After spreading the grass seed, you can either work the seeds into the soil with your hands or spread an additional thin layer of topsoil over them.
Step 4: Water The Grass Until It Is Established
Initially, the topsoil should be watered until damp. Water it in both the morning and evening just enough until it is slightly moist. After the grass germinates and begins to grow, reduce watering to once a day. Once established, it can be watered on the same schedule as the rest of your lawn.
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