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