Asked on Jun 8, 2017

Is there an easy way for seniors to install a paver walkway & patio?

FLHelenPegg77
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we we're blessed with a large number of pavers in various sizes. Physically it would be hard to dig out, level with dirt, add sand & then the pavers. We want to build a BBQ patio & some walkways. Any help would be so appreciated.
8 answers
  • FL
    FL
    on Jun 8, 2017

    My experience is that you decide on a shape for the patio and/or walkway. Clear away the grass or whatever is on the ground. dig down a few inches, fill with sand. Shimmy each paver in place into the sand using a level to make sure it is level. Once they are all in place and level, sweep additional sand into the spaces between pavers to hold them in place. I hope that helps!
    • Geri Trezise
      Geri Trezise
      on Jun 9, 2017

      Thank you so much, Fischer and Lynne. This helps. Much easier than what we watched on YouTube. Not quite as intense labor as we were afraid of. Leveling will be the hard part as our land has a gentle slope and washes some with every rain. We were thinking we should just line the patio and walkway with landscape timbers that we level and go from there. Lynne, we have raised garden beds and we really like them. Good luck with your project.
  • Helene
    Helene
    on Jun 8, 2017

    Hire a teenager to help do hard work. If you have a grandson or daughter get them to help out.
  • FL
    FL
    on Jun 9, 2017

  • My suggestion was the same as Helene's - hire some neighborhood high school and college kids to do the hard part for you. I am on "Nextdoor" and do it all the time - and also keep them well fed and watered!
  • Lor12214097
    Lor12214097
    on Jun 9, 2017

    Ask the youth group at the church you attend to come do the work, or a local scout troop! Feed them a hearty lunch and I am sure they will work hard, and you make new friends in the process! Perhaps you could offer tutoring services or cooking lessons to a few kids in exchange for their help! Everybody wins!
  • Pegg77
    Pegg77
    on Jun 9, 2017

    What I did:I put down a good soft dirt about an inch deep & rake it even, put the pavers on top, in random disorder, sometimes two closer together, some at more of an angle, last I poured more of that good soft dirt on top and swept it so I could see the pavers, then walk on every inch of those pavers so they are set, If you really want to, throw some grass seed around the edges.
  • Helen
    Helen
    on Jun 9, 2017

    We haven't found an easy way. My husband cannot do it anymore.
  • FL
    FL
    on Jun 9, 2017

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