Gather your supplies:
Sandstone boulders (optional)
Yellow brickie’s sand
75–100mm sandstone split flagging pavers
Decorative mulch (try Forest Fines)
Gold-coloured gravel (try Deco-Gold Gravel)
You’ll also need:
Shovel; set-out paint; wheelbarrow; rubber mallet; trowel; sponge; long-handled broom
- Clean the underside of pavers before laying
- To make them stick more easily, apply a bonding agent to the underside before placing on mortar
- When buying large boulders, ask the landscape supplier to organise placement on delivery.
Using a shovel, remove any original plants and grass so soil is bare. Using set-out paint, mark out where garden beds and boulders will go.
Using shovel, level out soil where boulders will go. Crane in boulders to ensure they go in chosen spots. They’ll be heavy enough to stay in place without adhesive.
In a wheelbarrow, mix 4 parts sand to 1 part cement and 1 part water until it’s a dough-like texture.
Mark where stepping stones will go, spacing evenly leading up to front door.
Where marked, spread mortar 100–150mm thick on soil in a square shape the size of the pavers.
Wet underside of pavers and lay on mortar.
Bed paver by tapping with mallet. Using edge of the trowel, haunch all edges of mortar, spreading towards ground at a 45° angle.
Wet sponge and wipe any mortar spills off pavers. Leave to set for about 2 hours.
Plant all plants and water in. Mulch garden beds then spread gravel.
Level gravel with a long-handled broom, sweeping into gaps between pavers.
To allow the mortar bed to strengthen, don’t walk on pavers for 2 days.