How to lay pavers with a curve

Pavers are an attractive, durable hardscape material used to lay a wide array of surfaces. Whether you're installing a walkway or patio, laying pavers on a curve opens up a number of design possibilities. Create tightly curved paths through a trim English-style garden or a patio with broad, welcoming curves. Once you determine how tight or broad the curve will be, installing pavers on a curve is almost as straightforward as arranging them straight.

Make a building plan for your paver surface including the size, shape and pattern you'll lay the pavers in. If you intend to lay a winding path, note that you'll need to cut pavers to fit the curve, while you can form broad curves with whole pavers.

Outline the building site with landscaping paint. Use a shovel to remove 17.5 cm (7 inches) of dirt from the site. Continue digging so the bottom of the hole looks level and flat.

Place flexible edging against the interior borders of the site. Attach them to the ground with a hammer and 22.5 cm (9 inch) spikes.

Lay a 10 cm (4 inch) base of crushed rocks and tamp it down with a tamping tool. Spread 21.5 cm (1 inch) of course sand over the rocks to smooth the surface and provide traction against the pavers.

Set the first row of pavers in your pattern flush against the length of the edging along the interior side of the surface. Rest a board across each section and walk on the board to press the paver in the sand and make them even with each other.

Continue setting the pavers in rows working down the length of the surface. As you get close to the curve, arrange the pavers so the inner corners touch adjacent pavers leaving wider gaps between outer corners. For a tight curve that requires cut pavers, lay them in the site and draw a straight cut line over the surface with chalk.

Put on safety glasses and cut pavers using a masonry wet saw or a hammer and cold chisel. For a saw, slowly feed the paver into the blade while applying even pressure. With a cold chisel, place the tip against the chalk line and hit the other end several times with a hammer. Continue in this way until you score a line in the paver deep enough to snap it in two.

Set cut pavers along the tight curve, wedged between the edging and adjacent pavers.

Sweep stone dust or fine-grained sand over the surface, back and forth until the material packs between the crevices.

Things You'll Need

  • Landscaping paint
  • Shovel
  • Flexible edging
  • Hammer
  • 22.5 cm (9 inch) spikes
  • Crushed rock
  • Tamping tool
  • Course sand
  • Board
  • Chalk
  • Safety glasses
  • Masonry wet saw or chisel
  • Stone dust or fine-grained sand
  • Broom
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