How to Install Edging Pavers

Red edging paver stones
  • 3-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-800
What You'll Need
Garden gloves
Garden trowel
A wheelbarrow

Adding edging pavers to your lawn or garden can add a touch of elegance to your design. They will help reduce the amount of maintenance needed around edged areas as well as having a great visual effect.

Step 1 - Plan Your Design

Remember the pavers interlock so they can conform with wavy lines and edges. You also need to think about how often you mow. By installing the edging pavers so they are flush with the ground, the mower can then be taken directly over the top. This will minimize the effort in keeping your garden looking tidy.

Step 2 - Calculate Material Needs

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Measure the area for the edging pavers. Rope or a garden hose works well to get an idea for wavy lines and edges. You can also try pacing it off with your stride. Consider getting advice from your local home improvement store. Once you have measured and have a visual idea of the look you want they will be able to help you decide and choose your options.

Step 3 - Deliver the Load

Once you have bought your edging pavers, you will need to transport them home. These can be quite heavy and have sharp edges. You should have something in the back of your car or truck to protect it from damage from the pavers. A tarp or wheelbarrow is recommended. Wear gloves when carrying to protect your hands from the sharp edges. You may also be able to get the pavers delivered to the work site.

Step 4 - Dry Fit

Lay the pavers out in your chosen design first to get an idea of what they will look like. You may want to consider leaving them for a few days so you can see how they look from various views. If you are happy with the way the pavers look then it is time to install them.

Step 5 - Create a Foundation

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Start by moving the first few and dig your line with a shovel. This is so you can cut and remove any sod underneath. Shake the soil away from the sod but try to catch as much as you can. Again, use your tarp or wheelbarrow for this purpose. Cut the sides of the trench with your garden trowel. You need to level out the bottom as well.

Step 6 - Install the Pavers

Start to place the pavers in a few at a time. Press each paver down so they are level with each other. You may have to adjust the soil level if you see gaps or if they just don’t go quite level with each other. Once everything looks to your satisfaction you can fill the soil in around the pavers. You will need to fill in both sides firmly.

Enjoy. You should be satisfied with a job well done and a new look to your garden or backyard. You may want to consider patio pavers or other types of paver edging in the future.