Pavers, blocks and garden stones: everything you need at Flower Power
Ready to give your outdoor space a new look? Wondering how to lay pavers? Let us help transform your outdoor space from drab to fab, with our wide selection of pavers, blocks, bricks, stepping stones, garden stones, bluestone pavers, landscaping rocks and bush rock. Whether you’re paving, edging or building a retaining wall, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at Flower Power. Choose from natural products like sandstone and natural stone, chiselled from rock millions of years in the making, as well as clay, concrete, porcelain and more.
And if you’ve got any questions, like “how to lay pavers on dirt?”, or “how to make a brick wall?”, just ask our friendly resident experts – they’ll be happy to help.
How to put edging stones in garden
Using edging stones is a quick and easy way to create a stable edge between a pathway and the rest of your garden. And even more than being a practical garden solution, edging can be an important part of your landscape design, adding colour, texture and style to your outdoor space.
Both flagstone and cut stone make excellent edging, especially for wide walks. You can purchase pre-cut stone from Flower Power in a wide variety of colours and textures.
Stone edging provides a solution for outlining patios, walkways, gardens and other landscape elements with a defined and finished look. You can use it alone or as the perfect complement to pavers and walls. Stone borders are long-lasting, require little or no maintenance and are a perfect partner for your flowers or plants.
First, measure and mark your project area. Then, use a shovel to dig a trench along the area you marked. The trench should be roughly 4cm to 7cm deep, but it will depend on the size of your edging stones. Keep the loose dirt you dig up nearby, as you’ll use it to fill in around your edging stones once you place them. Pour a thin layer of sand over your trench, spread it evenly and compact it down firmly.
Next, place the edging stones in the trench, tucking them in as close to each other as you can. Use a spirit level to make sure that they’re even; you can use sand to give them more height and a mallet to knock them into place as needed.
Fill any gaps or open spaces with the loose dirt from earlier, to secure the stones.
How to lay brick edging
Brick edging can be set in various ways. For more height, set bricks upright on an edge (sometimes called soldiers), for length set them flat along the edge (sometimes called sailors), or for some extra visual interest you can lay them at an angle.
Set brick in a concrete footing for increased stability, but if you can’t pour concrete in your garden for any reason, it’s totally fine to lay brick edging on dirt.
Dig out a trench in the shape you want your bricks to run, deep enough for them to sit about halfway up. Keep the dirt you dig up, as you’ll use it later to fill in around your edging bricks and keep them stable. Tamp down the remaining dirt firmly as this will be the foundation of your edging.
Lay your brick edging in the trench you’ve created, either in sailor, soldier or angle formation. Keep them tightly together, checking often with your eye and a spirit level to be sure they’re even. Use the loose dirt to backfill any gaps and keep your edging steady.
How to lay pavers
Start by dry laying the stones on your path to see roughly where they should go. Practice walking on them to be sure they aren’t too far apart to walk on easily. Measure the space either side of the pavers, to be sure they’re running up the centre of the pathway. If your pavers are irregularly shaped, just use your eye to judge if they’re well placed.
Place a stake at each end of the pathway and run a string between them to use as your guiding line. Make sure the pavers are in line with this – it’s especially important if your bluestone pavers and regular shapes as one that’s slightly out of line will be very noticeable.
Mark the positions of your pavers with a little spray paint at the corners – don’t get any paint on the pavers!
Remove all your stones and dig holes in those spots, slightly deeper than the height on your stones.
Mix your mortar – five parts sand to one part cement with enough water that the mortar sticks to the spade. Fill the holes you’ve dug with enough mortar to bring the paving stones level with the ground.
Then lay your pavers back in their holes on top of the mortar, making sure they’re level with your marker string and checking they’re flat with a spirit level.
Backfill around your stones with the gravel or soil you dug out to lay the stones.
Explore our range of pavers, blocks and garden stones online or come in-store to your nearest Flower Power and let our expert landscape gardeners help you out with your next big project.