How to Lay a Brick Pathway

Create a welcoming entrance to your home by laying a brick or paver walkway.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare to Lay a Paver Path

Lay out pegs and string lines along the edges of the path. Dig out the path area to a depth of paver height plus a 2-inch (5-cm) sand bed.

Create a Form for the Path

Put treated wood edging into the excavated area. Drive in wooden pegs on the external side of the board to keep it in place.

Lay the Sand Base for the Pavers

Compact the soil with a rammer. Pour sharp sand into the excavated area and use a wooden furring strip notched out at each end to level off the sand surface to the depth required for the pavers.

Prepare to Cut Paver Blocks

Position the paver between the jaws of the block splitter. Align the point you wish to cut.

Cut the Pavers

Lower the handle of the splitter to break the paver in two.

Laying a Paver Path

Lay blocks in your chosen design. Butt each end up against the next.

Secure the Pavers in Place

Use a rubber mallet to bed blocks into place. Infill cut blocks to finish the design.

Level the Pavers

Lay a level across the pavers as you finish a row to check that it sits level. If the pavers are uneven, remove them and relevel the sand.

Pour Sand Over the Path

Pour kiln-dried sand over the laid path, making sure that it covers the gaps between the pavers.

Brush Sand Into the Path

Go over the surface once again with a brush once you are finished with the compactor. Brush sand into the spaces between the pavers.

Finish the Paver Path

Drive the pegs below the grass to start and leave them in place.