As part of our 2014 garden expansion, we added a pond with waterfall. In order to enjoy the beautiful, serene koi and goldfish, we planned a small patio made with pavers so that we can sit and enjoy the surroundings.
We cleared an area at the lower end of the pond and have placed rocks at the edges to contain the dirt and “blue stone,” a type of crushed stone dust available at hardward stores. Blue stone, or stone dust, can be leveled and compacted and makes a durable under-surface for pavers and stones.
Start backfilling some dirt into the area that will be raised for the patio surface. If you are making your patio flush with the ground, omit this step. If making it flush, you will have to dig down and make a level area. Plan on about two inches of stone dust and add the thickness of your pavers or stones, and this will give the the depth to dig. In our example above, we are building up the level to accommodate the natural slope in the garden.
Whether you have dug down or added, it is important to make sure that your surface is level.
Now it’s time to add the blue stone or stone dust. A small two by four can help spread the stone.
Check again with a level. A surface that appears level can still be off.
Tamp your surface again firmly.
We have now prepared a good surface to bedding the pavers. The pavers are going to be set at a random pattern to imitate cobble stone streets in Europe. Even the pavers are in assorted colors in order to give a more historic feel.
If necessary, you can cut pavers with this tool, available to rent at many tool rental places.
Once you have laid the final pavers, pour a bag of stone dust onto the surface of your pavers. Take a stiff broom and push as much stone dust between the stones as possible. This significantly firms up the surface and will stabilize your patio, in addition to giving it a finished look. We do not recommend sand for this step as it will eventually wash out between the stone when it rains.
Here is the finished patio. Small, so that it does not take up valuable garden space, and perfect for intimate dinners and conversation over a glass of wine.
If you ‘d prefer to have one of these installed, please click on the Culver Design Build, Inc. link for more information!