How to Lay Curbing

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Laying curb for street edging or heavy landscaping is generally done by professionals using an extruder machine that molds the concrete into the proper shape. But if you just want to separate walkways or plantings in your garden for definition, stone pavers will do the trick--something you can tackle on your own.

Add Landscape Definition with Interlocking Pavers

Step 1

Spend some time looking at paving layouts and materials. Edging pavers and curb material can be plastic, wood, stone, metal, synthetic wood, bamboo or metal. For a long-lasting solution, stone pavers are a good choice. They won't rot, they come in a lot of colors and they're easy to replace.

Step 2

Lay out your design using a hose, rope or spray paint. Try to use curves, which are more common in nature than straight lines. Pick a color that enhances your overall scheme--a bricklike material will contrast nicely with a light-colored home.

Step 3

Know how water flows on your property. To avoid puddling, install a higher curb or create a slight slope from the house.

Step 4

Remove a section of the grass with a sod cutter, edger tool or shovel. Use the width of a stone as a guide and cut deep enough to accommodate gravel and sand.

Step 5

Place landscape fabric over your excavated area to keep weeds from growing.

Step 6

Add a compacted gravel base a few inches deep. Level it with a rake, tamp it down and add 1 inch of sand.

Step 7

Lay down the paving stones. Shovel sand on top and push it between the stones, then sweep in more sand with a broom. This helps lock the stones together while allowing for normal movement. It also prevents insect and weed penetration. Sweep off the excess.

Step 8

Finish with a fine water mist to set the sand.

Tips and Warnings

  • If utilities need to be accessed, pavers are a good solution. They can be pulled up and replaced. • Pavers can also be lifted to regrade if water becomes an issue. • Reapply sand as needed. • Stone dust is not recommended.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawing or plan of area
  • Layout of area with rope or spray paint
  • Supply estimate
  • Gloves
  • Hose
  • Edger tool
  • Shovels
  • Landscape fabric
  • Gravel: compacted base materials
  • Mortarless paver stones
  • Leveling sand (also called sandlock or polymeric sand)
  • Professional compacter or roller (optional)
  • Rake
  • Broom


  • Benefits of Interlocking Concrete Pavers
  • Interlocking Paving Stones
  • Mow over Lawn Border

Who Can Help

  • eHow Home and Garden Topic Guide
  • Landscape fabric
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About this Author

Andrea Campbell is the author of 12 nonfiction books on a variety of topics. She is also an e-instructor, editor and columnist who has been writing professionally since 1991. Campbell, the daughter of a builder, writes frequently about home improvement. She uses her degree in criminal justice to write about forensic science and criminal law.

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