Asked by: Deane Mounier
home and garden landscaping

How do I make a patio with pavers and gravel?

Last Updated: 28th January, 2020

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  1. Step One: determine the size and shape of your patio. Your first step is to figure out where you want to place your patio and exactly how large you want it to be.
  2. Step Two: Dig out the area of the patio.
  3. Step Three: Lay Landscape Fabric.
  4. Step Four: Lay Paver base + Sand.
  5. Step Five: Lay pavers.
  6. Step Six: Add Pea Gravel.

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Accordingly, how do you build a patio with pavers and gravel?

Use landscaper's spray paint to mark the area directly on the ground (Image 2).

  1. consider thickness of paving stone. Fix Patio Height.
  2. make sure patio slope is consistent with gravel. Fill in with Gravel.
  3. screed sand before laying pavers. Screed Sand.
  4. snap chalk line and place pavers.
  5. cut odd pieces of pavers.

do I need gravel under pavers? You have several ways to install pavers, including directly over dirt, in mortar or over a bed of gravel and sand. While you don't need to lay a gravel foundation for pavers, you should assess the condition of the base and make it as solid as possible before laying the pavers.

Similarly, you may ask, what do you put under patio stones?

Roughly crushed stone makes a good base for pavers that will be used more regularly. A base of 4 to 6 inches of well-compacted stone pieces provides a sturdy and stable foundation for nearly any type of paver installation, notes Concrete Construction, an industry website.

How do you keep gravel in between pavers?

To install gravel between pavers, remove the grass at the same time you dig it out for the pavers and to the same depth. Install gravel on top of landscape fabric to prevent it from sinking, and with lawn edging to keep it from straying into the yard.

Related Question Answers

Kiryl Goedeken

Professional

Can you lay pavers directly on dirt?

A backyard patio and a casual brick walkway are two types of surfaces you can build with brick pavers. Laying bricks on dirt is not complicated. But there are several steps involved to ensure the bricks will not shift or sink into the dirt over time.

Ibrahin Elowitz

Professional

Do I need sand under pavers?

Laying Pavers Without Sand
A sand base surrounds and embraces the bricks and allows them to maintain their position securely. The surrounding sand also allows you to shift bricks a little at a time during installation to create an even walking surface.

Adenso Mokhnatkin

Professional

Can I use pea gravel as a paver base?

While pea gravel can be used as a mulch alternative, garden border and other landscaping purposes, it is not the best choice for a patio base. If you use pea gravel beneath a patio, take a few simple steps to ensure the stability of the base before setting your surface stones, pavers or bricks.

Breixo Schwingschlagl

Explainer

What is the easiest DIY patio?

Pave the way for a new outdoor room in six easy steps. Incorporate a hard-surface floor into a garden area to make an instant room.

  1. Outline Your Patio and Remove the Sod.
  2. Add Landscape Fabric.
  3. Build a Base of Gravel and Sand.
  4. Place Stones.
  5. Top with More Sand.
  6. Enjoy!

Madicke Batis

Explainer

How do I build a brick patio with uneven ground?

How to Install Pavers on Unlevel Ground
  1. Build walkways on unlevel ground by accommodating to the terrain.
  2. Assess the terrain for a patio.
  3. Level a patio on extreme terrain with retaining walls on one or two sides.
  4. Excavate the paver area with a shovel or excavator.
  5. Smooth the sand base by moving a 2-by-4-inch board across it.

Narcisa Mala

Explainer

What is the cheapest patio paver?

Some price quotes for brick pavers include:
  • Red brick pavers: $0.50 - $5 per brick.
  • Gray brick pavers: $0.50 - $10 per brick.
  • Dry laid brick paver patio: $18 per sq. ft.
  • Clay bricks: $300 - $700 per pallet (i.e. 56 sq. ft.)

Virgilijus Rauf

Pundit

What is the cheapest stone for patio?

Pea gravel ($)
At $6–$10 per square foot, pea gravel is a low cost option. Since the stones remain loose and don't need to harden or set, this gravel can be used to easily create a patio in any shape. It's also as easy to install, so it's a relatively simple DIY project even for a novice hardscaper.

Minka Carcaba

Pundit

Do you compact sand before laying pavers?

Never compact your bedding sand prior to laying the pavers. Don't even let a guy walk through it. After the pavers are down, sand the joints and compact. Sweep in the joint sand again to really fill the joints.

Magina Jestadt

Pundit

How many inches of sand do I need for pavers?

Plan on spreading 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches of sand beneath the pavers; you'll also use it to fill the gaps between them. The sand should be spread over a 4- to 12-inch layer of crushed stone, which has been tamped into place. Once the sand is installed, moisten it and tamp it into place so it won't settle further.

Melecio Samuels

Pundit

Do I need landscape fabric under pavers?

Some patio builders favor deterring weeds with a layer of landscape fabric, positioned at the bottom of the bed, under the gravel or between the gravel and sand layers. Further, nonporous and even porous plastic fabric can interfere severely with water drainage, making pavers slippery and washing away supporting sand.

Xuan Maitena

Teacher

How much slope should a paver patio have?

A patio should slope away from the house at the rate of 1/8" (3mm) per running foot.

Lilibeth Delforge

Teacher

Do you compact pavers after installation?

Compactors are used to settle and compact the base for laying pavers on a patio or sidewalk, and to level the pavers and settle sand between the joints after they are laid. A vibrating plate compactor is best for installing pavers.

Floralba Uphues

Teacher

How much gravel do I need for a patio base?

Normally you want a base layer of gravel about 4-inches deep. Four inches is one-third of a foot, so multiply the square footage by one-third to find the cubic feet of gravel you need. For a 120-square foot patio that works out to 40-cubic feet of gravel. However, gravel is usually sold by the cubic yard.

Mimount Fegg

Reviewer

Can you just lay pavers on grass?

Although it's possible to lay pavers directly on the ground without digging, over time they'll sink and become uneven, which may lead to cracked pavers and full-on invasion by weeds and grasses.

Shirin Vicchi

Reviewer

How deep should the base be for a patio?

Preparing the base
Remove any turf, plants or paving and dig down to a depth of about 150mm to allow for the foundations. To lay a solid base for your paving slabs, you first need a layer of hardcore to a depth of about 50mm to 80mm over the area of your patio.

Stalin Matzakov

Reviewer

Can you lay pavers with just sand?

Compacted concrete sand is then placed on top of this. A thin final layer of setting sand is the actual surface on which you place the pavers. Larger paving stones act like building footings. In other words, compacted sand can provide a sufficient base for a paver patio that's just going to have you walking across it.

Adams Zurheide

Reviewer

Should I leave a gap between concrete pavers?

The short answer is no, you don't need to leave any space in between the pavers. You should fit them together snugly to create the pattern of your choice. However, you shouldn't end the project there.

Sama Stoebloff

Supporter

How many inches of gravel do you need for pavers?

Calculate how deep to excavate by adding the depth of the gravel base, sand bedding and pavers. You'll need 4 inches of base for foot traffic, 6 inches if a lawn tractor will go over it and 12 inches for a driveway or surface vehicles will park on. The sand layer should be 1 inch thick.

Kiera Utut

Supporter

Can you lay slabs on soil?

Stick a bag of cement (or 2) in with the sand and lay a dry mix. I'd just dig out to the depth of the slabs plus a bit and level it out, compact the soil, level with sand and lay the slabs over the top butted up really tight.