Before the pavers can be laid, a 2″ bed of sand is usually placed and screeded on top of the gravel. With normal pavers, I would have used sand, but we’re using permeable pavers which allow water to pass through the gaps. Course sand is usually recommended for these applications. Course sand is harder to find, so I opted for a mixture of 3/8″ stone and stone dust. I mixed these manually (2 parts of stone, 1 part stone dust). I only used the stone dust to create an easier bed to lay the pavers.

screeding & laying pavers

It’s a good thing I rented a pickup truck for a day. The local stoneyard only charged me $5 to fill up the truck as much as I wanted. Five bucks got me about a yard and a half of material.

So the process goes something like this:

  • spread stone and stone dust mixture
  • rake the stone and stone dust (trying not to mess up the gravel bed)
  • use 1.5″ PVC pipe as guides for screed on either side (making sure PVC pipe is the same distance away from string guides)
  • screed with flat piece of wood
  • lay paving stones on top of stone and stone dust bed
  • repeat (and when repeating, fill in with stone and stone dust where last PVC pipe used to lay)

at the end of the day

From what I’ve read, screed only as much of the bed as you can lay pavers on top for the day. That’s why I only did half one day, and the other half the next day.

So continuing…

day 2

So close to finishing…

so close to finishing

And done.

corner finished

The only thing left is edging and finishing the driveway.