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Backyard Patio Installation Guide

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Backyard Patio Installation Guide

When you want to extend your living areas out into your landscape, a backyard patio could be the ideal solution. By including areas for seating, grilling, planting and even an outdoor fire pit, your patio area can serve a variety of purposes for the entire family.


As you’re designing your backyard patio, consider adding water features such as a backyard pond. You might decide that your patio installation needs something creative like this. As you proceed through your backyard patio installation, with adequate information and instructions, you’ll succeed in creating a restful and enjoyable space in your landscape.

  1. 1.Choose Your Patio

    Install the frame for the patio with 2 by 6 boards. Nail the frame together and create the corners. Add the gravel inside the frame...

    You have a variety of different patio materials from which to choose. You could pour cement, install concrete pavers or even install crushed granite. The patio you install depends on your budget and your planned use of the patio area.


    One of the easiest patios to install yourself is cement pavers. Available in a variety of colors and textures, a paver patio will stay beautiful for years with correct installation techniques.

  2. 2.Materials

    Gather the materials you’ll need to install the patio. You’ll need shovels, landscape fabric, sand, gravel, a level, 2 by 6 boards and concrete or brick pavers.

  3. 3.Planning

    The first step involves planning and laying out the patio. Determine the size, shape and placement of the patio. If you will have corners, determine the angles you want and make sure you make them accurate. Lay out the perimeters and measure them to determine the amount of pavers or cement you’ll need. Multiply the dimensions to arrive at the area of the space. Once you know the area, you can determine the number of pavers you’ll need.

  4. 4.Paver Installation

    Dig the area for the patio with a shovel, making the depth about 6 inches. After excavating the area, lay out landscape fabric to prevent weeds from growing under the patio.


    Install the frame for the patio with 2 by 6 boards. Nail the frame together and create the corners. Add the gravel inside the frame, making it about 1 inch deep. Add sand over the gravel, making it about 4 inches deep. Level the gravel and sand in preparation for adding the pavers.


    Place the pavers over the sand layer in whatever design or arrangement you desire. Make sure the pavers sit snugly together for the most stable patio. Running strings from opposite sides of the patio can serve as guides for positioning the pavers and keeping them straight.


    Add additional sand between the pavers after you have them all installed. This adds even more stability to your patio. Work the sand in with a broom to get as much between the pavers as possible. Spray the entire patio area with water to settle the sand more. Allow the sand to dry and then add more sand. Continue adding sand, spraying it and allowing it to dry until all the pavers stop wobbling and they feel firm.


    Although a backyard patio requires planning and effort, the finished results will make it all worthwhile.

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