To make a patio, dig a 2-inch deep trench, lay landscape fabric and add a 3-inch stone dust layer over the area; then, lay down pavers, and tamp them into place. Finally, seal any cracks and wash off extra dust.
- Dig up the area
Use a sod lifter to dig a 2-inch trench that's as wide and long as you need the patio to be. Maintain a level surface with a rake and the back side of a spade.
- Lay down a landscape fabric layer
Roll landscape fabric over the area, and secure it with landscape spikes.
- Set up a screed
Lay down a pipe at one edge of the area, with a second pipe laid 5 feet away from the first.
- Add a stone dust layer
Pour stone dust between the pipes, and use a 2-inch by 4-inch board to smooth the layer. Flatten the layer with a tamper, and continue until the stone dust layer is 3 inches in depth.
- Set up the marker
Drive a stake into the ground at the center of each side of the patio. Attach two strings across the four stakes so they cross perpendicularly.
- Lay the pavers
Lay the first section of pavers along the lines, and secure the pavers into place with a rubber mallet. Continue until the patio is covered in pavers, then compact the pavers into place once more with the tamper.
- Seal the cracks
Pour a small amount of stone dust over the surface of the patio and coax the dust between the cracks. Run a hose over the surface to remove excess dust.