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Laying stone pavers for a back patio can be a rewarding DIY project and get the pavers at Triangle Landscape Supplies, SiteOne Landscape Company at our new Garner or Durham location.

Laying stone pavers for a back patio can be a rewarding DIY project. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Materials and Tools Needed

  • Stone pavers

  • Gravel

  • Sand

  • Landscape fabric

  • Edging (plastic or metal)

  • Stakes and string

  • Rubber mallet

  • Level

  • Tape measure

  • Shovel

  • Rake

  • Plate compactor or hand tamper

  • Push broom

Steps to Lay Stone Pavers

  1. Plan and Design

  • Measure the area where you want to lay the pavers.

  • Sketch a design layout to determine the pattern and the number of pavers needed.

  • Calculate the amount of gravel, sand, and pavers you need based on your patio size.

  1. Prepare the Area

  • Mark the perimeter of the patio area with stakes and string.

  • Excavate the area to a depth of about 7-9 inches, allowing for a 4-6 inch gravel base, a 1-inch sand layer, and the thickness of the pavers.

  • Ensure the excavation is slightly sloped (about 1 inch per 8 feet) away from the house for drainage.

  1. Install Landscape Fabric

  • Lay landscape fabric over the excavated area to prevent weeds from growing through the pavers.

  1. Add the Base Material

  • Spread a 4-6 inch layer of gravel evenly across the excavated area.

  • Use a rake to level the gravel.

  • Compact the gravel with a plate compactor or hand tamper. Make sure it's well-packed and level.

  1. Add the Sand Layer

  • Spread a 1-inch layer of sand over the compacted gravel.

  • Use a screed (a long, straight board) to level the sand. This will create a smooth, even surface for the pavers.

  1. Lay the Pavers

  • Begin laying the pavers in your desired pattern. Start from one corner and work your way across.

  • Place the pavers gently on the sand, tapping them into place with a rubber mallet.

  • Ensure there is a small gap (about 1/8 inch) between each paver for sand to fill in.

  1. Cut Pavers (if necessary)

  • Use a masonry saw or a chisel and hammer to cut pavers to fit around edges or corners.

  1. Install Edging

  • Install plastic or metal edging around the perimeter to keep the pavers in place.

  • Secure the edging with stakes driven into the ground.

  1. Fill Joints with Sand

  • Spread fine sand over the pavers and sweep it into the joints with a push broom.

  • Continue sweeping sand into the joints until they are full.

  • Run a plate compactor over the pavers to settle the sand into the joints.

  • Add more sand and repeat the process if necessary.

  1. Final Touches

  • Hose down the patio to help settle the sand.

  • Check the level of the pavers and adjust any that are uneven.


  • Choose the Right Pavers: Make sure the pavers are suitable for your climate and intended use.

  • Consistent Gaps: Maintain consistent gaps between pavers for a uniform look and to ensure stability.

  • Regular Maintenance: Sweep more sand into the joints as needed and keep an eye out for any shifting or settling.

By following these steps carefully, you'll be able to create a beautiful and durable stone paver patio. Enjoy your new outdoor space!

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