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Dog on an outdoor lounge looking out over a garden with pavers and grass

Overview

A green groundcover growing between pavers lends an impeccably manicured look. With this technique, you can lay on lawn, sand or soil, and there’s no need for major excavation. If laying on an established lawn, simply remove the top layer of turf with a shovel, then level and pack down the soil beneath.

Steps

1Before you start

Ensure the surface is flat, even and solid before setting out the pavers, which are raised off the ground to allow for the planting

2Clean and seal the pavers

Use tile cleaner on the top of the pavers, washing away the residue. Apply a natural-look sealer using a mini roller, working quickly to apply two coats, then leave to dry for a couple of hours.

Tip: Sealing pavers before laying keeps them looking cleaner for longer.

A garden paver being sealed before laying

3Position the pavers

Rake the space to create a flat, even surface. Then position the pavers, spacing them using the 184mm-wide timber offcuts. At the corners of the setup, use a mallet to tap metal pegs into the ground, leaving them to protrude by 50mm, then run string around the pegs.

A paver in position before being laid, alongside a wooden offcut for spacing and string held in place by metal pegs

4Mix and lay the base

Wearing a mask, fill a bucket to just over half with quick set concrete then fill the rest with road base, combining with a trowel. Reposition a spacer next to the first paver, remove paver, then trowel concrete mix over the square to create a level base 20mm high.

A string outline for a paver, filled in with a mix concrete and road base

5Lay the first paver

Use a watering can to saturate the concrete mix then work quickly to position the first paver, agitating it slightly onto the base to sit evenly. Check that it's flat using a spirit level, tapping into position with a rubber mallet and checking for square against the string.

Concrete mix being saturated with a watering can

6Check and lay the rest of the pavers

Set the pavers, one at a time, positioning spacers either side as the formwork for trowelling on the concrete mix. Use a spirit level to check each paver is level with the adjacent pavers, tapping into position. Leave the concrete to cure for at least two hours.

A spirit level laid across two pavers

7Plant the mondo grass

Wearing gardening gloves, use a trowel to create a 20mm-deep layer of top soil or compost between the pavers. Make holes for the mondo grass and plant them out evenly, adding more soil as needed. Water well and keep moist till established.

Mondo grass being planted between two pavers

8Inspired to do more?

For more projects on garden paths and landscaping your outdoors check out our D.I.Y. Advice

 

Photography credit: Anna Robinson

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.