How to Install a Stone Paver Walkway

Follow these Basic Steps for Installing your own Paver Walkway

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video Mark Donovan of shows how to install a stone paver walkway.

Installing a stone paver walkway yourself is not as difficult to do as you might think.

For example, with certain stone paver patterns you can minimize the amount of cutting required. In my particular case no cutting of stone pavers was required.

Also, if the base soil is already comprised of a sand/gravel mixture the amount of shoveling / site prep work can be minimized.

Again, in my case I only had a few inches of top soil to remove before I got to a sandy/gravelly base.

This said, I still removed a total of nine inches of material to form the bed for the installation of the stone paver walkway.

After marking with line and stakes the area for the stone paver walk way, I dug the area out using a shovel. Again, I dug down nine inches.

I then installed ¾ inch crushed stone that I compacted with a heavy tamper tool. After compacting, the crushed stone base was approximately six inches thick.

Next, I installed several inches of stone dust, and again tamped it down until I had a compacted layer of it that measured approximately three inches thick.


With the base complete I then screeded the surface of the stone dust using a couple of long copper pipes and a five foot long wood board. The copper pipes were placed on the far ends of the stone-dust base and tapped more than half their diameter into the stone dust. Then I ran the wood board along the top of the copper pipe rails, if you will, to create a level surface for placing the stone pavers.

After screeding about a three foot long length of the walkway I placed the stone pavers onto the screeded stone dust surface, making sure in the process that I kept the rows of stone pavers straight.

I continued along in this manner for the entire length of the stone paver walkway.

Installed paver walkway.

Once I installed all of the pavers I then used a broom to brush in polymeric jointing sand in-between all of the paver joints. The polymer jointing sand helps to lock the stone pavers into place.

After brushing on the polymeric jointing sand I lightly sprayed water onto the walkway to activate the jointing sand.

With the walkway complete, all that is required is to backfill around the edges of the walkway with topsoil and finally grass seed.

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