How to Lay Ceramic Tile in a Garden

Laying ceramic tiles to construct a pathway or an outdoor entertainment area requires effort but it can add style to your landscaping. Be creative with the layout of the tiles and the colours, making your project simple or elaborate in design. A pathway can be straight or meandering, and the tiled area can be small or a larger space for entertaining. Laying ceramic tiles can replace a functional cement slab with a beautiful focal point for a garden that looks finished and sophisticated.

Select and measure the area to be tiled. A retailer will be able to help you calculate how many tiles to purchase and what type of tile is best suited for the project. If it is a walkway, choose a tile that has texture so it does not become slick when wet.

Use an edger and dig an outline of the area to be tiled. Remove grass with a flat shovel and remove any roots with pruning shears. Fill any holes with soil and remove any mounds of soil or stones. The area should be level so tiles won't shift after they are laid.

Lay a moisture-proof membrane on top of the soil. This will help protect the tiles and grout from moisture in the soil. It also inhibits weed growth.

Lay tiles on top of the membrane in a pleasing pattern. Keep the tiles as close together as possible.

Mix grout according to instructions. Spread the grout over all the tiles, wiping off the excess grout with a damp rag. After the grout has been spread, wipe off the tiles again with a damp rag. You may have to scrub to remove any stubborn haze left behind by the grout, The grout seals the seams, which will protect them from the elements and help prevent cracking..


Buy extra tiles that can be stored and used as replacement tiles if you should need them in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiles
  • Edger flat shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • Membrane
  • Grout
  • Rags
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About the Author

In 1982, Mary Love's first book, "Shakespeare Garden," was published. She also authored professional brochures. Love was the subject of a PBS special profiling Northwestern Pennsylvania artists, highlighting her botanicals and birds. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.