How to Build a Stone Paver Flower Bed
Stone paver flower beds give an attractive appearance to the landscape of your lawn. Retaining walls are generally used to build to a beautiful flower bed. There are several choices available for making the flower bed border, such as using stone pavers for edging. Here are some simple steps to make a flower bed using stone pavers.
Step 1 - Plan the Flower Bed
Plan where you want to make the flower bed. Locate the bed for easy watering and the best sunlight. The size will depend on the area available and the amount of gardening you want to accomplish. For deciding the shapes, outline the flower with stakes, string, and a measuring tape. Balance the symmetry.
Step 2 - Calculate the Number of Stones Required
Mark the boundary of the retainer wall on the ground with string. Place the rope along the boundary and measure the length of the rope. Decide on the size of the paver stone you will be using and measure its length. You can find the number of stones in one layer. Calculate the number of layers of stones you will need to raise the bed. Multiply the number of rows with the number of stones required in each row to get the total number of stones required.
Step 3 - Level the Ground
Dig a trench about 3 inches deep. Make the ground for retainer wall of the flower bed level with a shovel. Add crushed stones and tramp them to level the foundation. If the ground is not level the wall will not be even and may eventually give way.
Step 4 - Lay the Pavers
Lay the first layer of stone pavers on the leveled foundation. Use a level to keep the pavers even. Tramp and level the ground by removing or adding dirt or crushed stone.
Step 5 - Stagger Rows
Lay the next row of the pavers. Start with a half-cut piece in the beginning so that all pavers are staggered and joints will not overlap. Install all subsequent layers in this way. If required, you can seal the top face joints of the wall with adhesive.
Step 6 - Fill the Bed
Fill the bed with mud and sand to a level of about 3 inches lower than the wall. Prepare the soil for planting.