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Can I Put Pavers Over Grass?


This is a question that many homeowners face when they are planning a backyard makeover: Can I put pavers over grass? The answer is, unfortunately, more complex than we would like it to be.

While it is technically possible to lay pavers over grass, there are a few things you need to take into consideration before doing so. If you put pavers directly on top of grass, you run the risk of the pavers eventually sinking and becoming uneven, which is a safety hazard. Read more about killing turf and weeds simultaneously.

The unstable pavers may crack over time. Plus, grass and weeds will also begin to grow around and on top of the pavers. It is suggested to kill the grass first and then remove it before placing pavers.

Read on for more information about pavers and how to properly place them.

Types of Pavers

There are many pavers to choose from for your lawn or garden. Here are a few of the most popular styles:

Concrete Pavers: Concrete pavers are a popular choice for many homeowners because they are affordable and easy to install. Concrete pavers come in various colors and styles to match any home’s exterior.

Brick Pavers: Brick pavers are a classic choice for walkways and patios. They offer a timeless look that can be customized to match your home’s style. Brick pavers are also long-lasting and easy to maintain.

Flagstone Pavers: Flagstone pavers are an attractive option for natural-looking walkways and patios. Flagstones also come in various shapes, sizes, and colors to create a one-of-a-kind look for your home.

Travertine Pavers: Travertine pavers are made from natural stone, offering a unique look for your outdoor space. Travertine is also very durable and easy to maintain.

The Benefits of Installing Pavers instead of grass

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Stone pathway

When landscaping your yard, there are many options to choose from. One of the most popular choices is to install pavers. There are many benefits to installing pavers.

  • First, pavers are a more durable surface than grass. They can withstand the weight of people, adults and children alike, and other heavy objects without damage.
  • Second, pavers are an aesthetic choice. They add color and texture to your yard and can be arranged in various patterns.
  • Third, pavers are easy to maintain. They don’t need to be mowed or watered, and they don’t become muddy in wet weather.
  • Fourth, pavers are available in a plethora of styles, colors, and sizes. You’re guaranteed to find something that matches your style. 
  • Fifth, pavers are budget-friendly. No matter your budget, you can a type of budget that looks good and is affordable.

All these factors make pavers an excellent choice for landscaping your yard.

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Materials Needed

Here’s a list of what you’ll need: 

  • A spade or shovel for excavating and leveling the ground
  • A wheelbarrow for transporting materials
  • A level to make sure your pavers are installed evenly
  • A trowel for spreading mortar or sand
  • A rubber mallet for tapping pavers into place
  • Tape measurer
  • Crushed gravel
  • Fine sand
  • Edging restraints
  • Sand binding sealant
  • Vibrating plate compactor
  • A brush or broom for sweeping away excess sand or mortar

Steps to Install Pavers

 Here are the steps:

  1. Draw out a design plan of how you want to set up your pavers.
  2. Calculate the amount of pavers you need by measuring the length and width of the space you will be paving. Multiply length by width and the end number is the square footage of the area.
  3. Prepare the ground by removing the grass and then level the ground.
  4. Spread crushed gravel over the area to be paved and then a layer of sand on top of the gravel. This provides a base which will absorb tension.
  5. Next, lay out your first row of pavers along the edge of your prepared area. Make sure that each paver is level with the others before moving on.
  6. Lay out the first row and then work on the second row. Again, make sure that each paver is level with the others.
  7. Continue laying rows of pavers until you reach the desired width for your patio or walkway.
  8. After you have placed all the pavers, you will need to install edging restraints with a concrete trowel. This will help the pavers to stay in place.
  9. Sweep sand over the entire paved surface to fill in any cracks.
  10. Use a sand binding sealant to keep the sand in place and to deter weed or grass growth.
  11. After that, use a tamper or vibrating plate compactor to compact them. This will help ensure they stay level and do not shift over time.
  12. Finally, sweep any loose sand or dirt off your new pavers’ surface and enjoy!
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Paved pathway

Hire a Professional Landscaper

If you consider installing pavers in your yard, we recommend hiring a professional paver installer to do the job. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Proper installation is key to ensuring your pavers last for years. A professional installer will know how to properly prepare the ground and install the pavers so that they stay in place and don’t shift or settle over time.
  2. Hiring a professional means you won’t have to do any heavy lifting or difficult work yourself. Let someone else handle the dirty work while you sit back and enjoy your new patio or walkway!
  3. A professional installer will have the necessary tools and equipment to do the job correctly. If you try to do it yourself, you may have to rent or borrow means, which can cost you more than just hiring a professional in the first place.
  4. Professional installers can usually get the job done in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it yourself. This is especially helpful if you are on a tight timeline or must have your pavers installed before an upcoming event.
  5. By hiring a professional, you can be sure that your pavers will be installed correctly and look great. 
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Call us today. Landscaping is one of our specialties. Let us make your landscaping dreams a reality.

The benefits of hiring Ryno Lawn Care are endless. We will save you time, money, and stress by ensuring that your paver installation project goes smoothly. We will also be able to help you with any other projects in the future if needed.

Final Thoughts on if you can install pavers over grass

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Stone fire pit and patio

There are a few things to consider before putting pavers down. First, you need to evaluate the condition of your lawn and yard. If the grass is patchy or thin, or if there are a lot of weeds, it may be easier and more cost-effective to start from scratch and install a new paver walkway or patio.

If the grass is healthy and you want to keep it, you will need to remove the sod and excavate the soil down to the level of the pavers. This is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. You will avoid having to re-landscape in a few years when the grass dies and the stability of your paving stones will increase.

Besides using pavers for patios and walkways, Ryno Lawn Care also offers stone border landscaping and river rock landscaping.

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