By Pierrette Marques. stones. Published at Tuesday, February 05th, 2019 - 21:25:10 PM.
If you are considering putting in paving stones as part of your next project, here are a few things you should consider. Using natural stone pavers can be a costly proposition because of the high cost involved in mining and cutting the stones. The manufactured brick used for paving is made from a combination of shale and clay which is fired at two-thousand degrees. Pavers of concrete have to be manufactured by pouring a combination of aggregate, color pigment and cement into a firing mold. These are much more cost effective than the natural stones or brick and are still sturdy enough for driveways or for roads.
To make sure that the area is even and level for the paving stones you will need a soil compactor, which you can usually rent from a home supply store or a store that rents tools. You will also need a shovel to dig out the dirt in the area where you are going to do a paving stone installation. A stiff broom is needed also to sweep the packing material into the gaps between the paying stones.
There are various methods advocated by other gardeners. I have tried the vinegar method. Either I didn’t do it correctly or the vinegar wasn’t strong enough. I did discover that the 5 % household vinegar will not work well. There are stronger vinegars, a hunting job to find them. But those who liked it obviously have success. I imagine one might go through a lot of vinegar.
It is true that I had to go on all sides of the pavers which does take time, a courageous back, and a caring nature. When the job is all done between all the nice square pavers they look a little askew in places. Looking at the whole area it was easy to see which stones where a bit out of alignment; again with the edging tool pushed straight down I just levered slightly to push the stones back in place. The paving squares lie on a deep layer of crushed gravel so this part of the job was easy, the result satisfactory. It did not disturb the substantial gravel under layer.
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