You don’t have to be a whiz at landscaping to create a surfaced area. Start with a simple paver border, fill in the middle with crushed granite and compact it.
Gather your supplies:
• Brickie’s sand
• Crushed granite
You’ll also need:
Measuring tape; set-out paint; shovel; wheelbarrow; steel trowel; hand broom; bucket; rubber mallet; spirit level; angle grinder with diamond blade; sponge; rake; plate compactor; premium garden soil; turf
Level area to prepare for paver border (which will be even with boardwalk). To do this, allow for thickness of paver plus an extra 50mm for mortar bed.
With a helper holding measuring tape in centre of area, move end around to mark out circular edge of border using set-out paint.
In wheelbarrow, make up mortar mix of 1 part cement to 4 parts brickie’s sand, using enough water to make a stiff mix. Working in sections at a time so mortar doesn’t set, lay 50mm mortar bed inside marked line. Make wide enough to match paver length. Use steel trowel to smooth top of bed.
Use hand broom and bucket of water to soak bottom of each paver before laying. This prevents pavers sucking moisture out of mortar, helping them stick.
Lay paver onto bed so outside corners meet marked line. Lay each subsequent paver so inner corner meets preceding paver and outer corner meets marked line. As you lay, make sure gap between pavers is even. Use rubber mallet to tap pavers into mortar.
Use spirit level to check pavers are level and flush with each other. Use rubber mallet to adjust if required.
Repeat steps 3–6 to continue laying paver edge. Where paved edge meets side of boardwalk, use angle grinder fitted with diamond blade to cut pavers to fit.
Using trowel, fill gaps between pavers with mortar. Use damp sponge to wash excess mortar from paver, rinsing frequently.
Haunch inner and outer edge of paved border using mortar mix, spreading at 45° angle with trowel. Leave mortar to set.
Fill centre area with crushed granite, rake to level then compact with plate compactor. Top with more granite then compact again until surface is level with pavers.
Fill garden with soil and rake level allowing for turf depth. Roll out turf level with boardwalk and paver edge. Water in well.