Brick pavers are often used to create a walkway, and the availability of so many styles makes it easy to find something you like. Most brick pavers have either an interlocking design or are designed to simply be laid together in a bricked fashion. Therefore, it is easy to assume that installing a walkway should be a fairly simple feat. However, with no experience, it is easy to make some mistakes in the installation process, which is why so many homeowners choose to just go ahead and hire a professional. Here are a few of the biggest mistakes you should work to avoid during a DIY walkway project using brick paving stones.

Mistake: Not spending enough time leveling the underlying ground before installation.

Why? Before you set the first paver in place, it is absolutely imperative that you take the time to level out the area. Line the area with string on stakes and use a good square-ended shovel to remove any sod or grass. Use a leveling tool to make the ground as uniform as possible. It is a good idea to also use a concrete tamper to firmly pack the ground in place in the planned walkway area. Without this leveling preparation, your pavers will not go down evenly at all.

Mistake: Not clearing plants and growth beneath the paving stones first.

Why? Even the smallest clump of roots or underlying tree root can have detrimental effects on the walkway once you have all of your stones in place. Even if the initial installation looks level, as roots grow and spread, they can push some of the pavers up and out of kilter with the rest of the walkway. Therefore, preparing the area for your planned walkway should also mean ensuring every last plant, root, or tree root is removed, which can be a daunting process.

Mistake: Not using sand or gravel beneath the brick pavers for stability.

Why? To cut corners and make the project less expensive and time consuming, you may think that it is okay to skip the step that involves lining the walkway are with a good layer of fine gravel or sand. However, this is actually one of the biggest installation mistakes you can make. The sand or gravel prevents the pavers from sinking into the ground over time, which can not only make your walkway look out of line and not level, it can make it easier for the pavers to become damaged and broken.\

For more tips, talk with a company like Bill Mariotti Site Development Co Inc.