I recently turned the back of our garden from leaf, rubbish and general tip to a glorious area to sit out and enjoy the sun in!
Here’s how I did it!!
Step 1: gather together your equipment and tools
(I freecycled most of these things and they are pretty easy to come by!)
Step 2: prepare your space
Mark out where you want your paving to go, level out the ground as best as possible and border the entire patch by digging troughs and laying in some timber. Stamp down the soil on both sides of the timber to make sure it is secure.
Remember to give enough space above ground level for your sand and paving to sit.
Step 3: sand
Step 4: create your jigsaw puzzle of paving
Lay down your paving starting from the straightest edge you have and work a row at a time.
If, like me, all of your pieces are different shapes and sizes fit them together as close as possible but don’t worry to much about the gaps as they will be filled in later.
Step 5: jump!!
Jump up and down over all of your paving slabs, ensuring they sit right into the sand
Step 6: fill in all the gaps
Using your remaining sand, fill in all of the large gaps and give the whole area a good sweep with the brush
Step 7: pebbles
Step 8: hose it down
Step 9: arrange your furniture, relax and enjoy your hard work!!!!