I laid a patio, but had never done it before. The area was mostly dirt, with some grass patches. I first dug out a rectangle area, down the depth of the square pavers I got at Home Depot. And, cleaned out all the dirt within the rectangle (for my patio space). I then put down some sand and tamped it down (I bought the tamper at Home Depot also). I made sure it was level before laying my square pavers. After I grouted it with sand. I surrounded the patio with rubber mulch, in both red and black/brown. The rubber mulch is very comfortable on bare feet, almost like walking on the foam that's under carpet. This patio cost me about $110.