To lay patio pavers, pour sand over course dirt over gravel, and ensure the entire surface is level. Place the pavers as level as possible.
- Level the target area
Decide where you would like to lay the patio, and level the area with a landscaping rake.
- Add gravel
Pour gravel over the area, and level it with the rake.
- Add dirt and sand
Use the same process to add the dirt, followed by the sand.
- Tamper the area
Use a tamper along the entire area to flatten it even further, and do the same with the side of a 2-by-4-inch board.
- Remove sand
Remove the excess sand that the board collects in the flattening process.
- Build a frame
Drive a stake into the ground with a rubber mallet. Run a strip of bender board to a second stake to begin the frame, and continue from there.
- Set up the leveling string
Attach a string between two stakes on the outer edges of the frame and across the frame to keep the pavers after you install them.
- Lay down the pavers
Lay down the pavers one by one, and use a trowel to level the sand underneath as you go.
- Tamp the pavers
Use the tamper on the surface of the pavers to level them, then remove the leveling guides and frames.