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How do you install paver boarders around your yard?

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Installing a border of pavers around a yard requires planning and measuring, excavation, foundation material and setting stones. Plan your layout using stakes and string, garden hose or graph paper to calculate angles and material requirements. Clear the desired area of topsoil, rocks and brush, then lay and level foundation material before setting the pavers.

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To begin the actual process, clear existing topsoil and vegetation 4 to 6 inches deeper than the depth of the paver to allow for the proper foundation and to keep the paver level with the surrounding landscape. If the pavers are set near buildings, slope the stone away from the building slightly. Lay gravel below fine sand or coarse dirt in the area excavated; the gravel should be deeper than the sand. Lay the pavers on top of the sand, carefully adjusting and measuring to ensure a clean finish.

Types of paving stones include bricks, natural stone, interlocking paving stones and clean-edged pavers. The installation process for all types of stone is essentially the same with some variation involved in laying the actual stones. Plan carefully to ensure proper stone quantities; HGTV.com recommends purchasing 5 to 10 percent extra stone to allow for breakage, miscalculations and adjustments.

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