Thinking of Installing Brick Pavers?

Concrete Work Tips for Pavers

Many of the clients of River Land Landscaping Inc ask us for tips when it comes to simple concrete work. So we decided to write this blog to help our readers out. When installing brick pavers, you need to plan the location of the project carefully, then edge it using some durable material, allow for sufficient drainage, and compact the pavers upon completion. By doing some advanced planning, it will prevent you from accidentally damaging any local utility lines and allow you to prepare the site for good drainage. Edging and compacting will protect the area’s shape, in addition to making it more durable to withstand most weather conditions.

You should always check with your local utility company before you install any brick pavers so you know if there are any pipes running beneath them. Paved areas will need to be dug to a depth of around 8 – 10 inches below the final grade of the surface, this is to allow for base rock, sand, and pavers to be installed. The utility company may mark a map of the intended location, and show any pre-existing water, power, and sewer lines so you can avoid them.

Mark the site and shape before you begin excavating. Use a garden hose to outline the area and then spray some paint over the final design, or you can insert garden spikes into the edges of the area, then connect them using some twine. Dig within the location, including a few extra inches outside of the markers to install the retaining edge.

The edging can be installed first, in order to provide guiding lines while the pavers are being installed, although one side should be finished once the pavers have been installed to allow for any necessary adjustments. This edge should rest below the surface of the area and can be covered with topsoil when complete.

And that concludes our concrete work blog. For information on our service in the Hampshire, IL area, please call us at (847) 232-7552 today.