How To Lay Patio Slabs On Grass In Your Garden (DIY Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

Are you thinking about putting down a patio in your backyard?

Do you want to keep the area looking as natural as possible without having to remove the grass at all?

Do you feel like your yard is a good candidate for doing this?

If so, you may be ready to learn how to lay patio slabs on grass.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the quick and easy steps required to complete this type of DIY project. You’ll be able to learn everything you need to know about laying patio slabs or other similar surfaces in your backyard without having to dig up the grass and soil first to do so.

Although this type of patio setup may not work well in all backyards, there are some situations in which it’s a perfect solution. Try laying patio slabs over grass in your yard if any of the following pertain to you and your home:

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  • If your backyard is very level already, you may be able to go this route. You won’t have to dig out anything to level off the space and you can simply work one slab at a time to complete the job.
  • If you’re laying a small patio or you want to use pavers to create a walkway or another less-covered area, you may prefer to stick to laying your patio slabs over your grass. This can be a quick and easy solution for a task that might otherwise take a lot of time and effort to complete if you chose to level the ground off instead.
  • Finally, if you’re simply looking for a more rustic and natural feeling in your backyard patio, you might want to lay your patio slabs over the grass in your yard instead of doing more prep work to the lawn first. Remember, however, that if your yard isn’t very level, this probably won’t work well.

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about the situations in which you might want to try this method of patio installation, it’s time to get started!

Materials

  • Patio slabs, pavers, or bricks
  • Shovel with a flat head or spade
  • Pegs or stakes and string
  • Rubber mallet
  • Level

Steps

  • 1
    Set up the pegs and string to give yourself a guideline for where to lay the pavers, slabs, or bricks you’ll be working with. Take your time with this and ensure that you’re measuring the correct distance and height for your patio slabs. Use a level to make sure the string you put up is in the correct place.
  • 2
    Gather your slabs and lay them where you want them in the pattern you plan to work with. This is entirely up to you, and you can choose whether or not you want to lay them flush with each other or give yourself some room between each one. Take your time with this step, as well, to be sure everything is placed correctly before you continue.
  • 3
    Using your flat-head shovel or spade, dig down alongside the first slab to the depth of the slab itself. Remove the slab and continue digging out the dirt and grass from this area until you have a hole that’s just as deep as the slab itself. You don’t need to dig a lot for this.
  • 4
    Put the slab back in place and use your rubber mallet to knock it firmly and securely into the ground until it’s level with the ground around it.
  • 5
    You will need to repeat steps 3 and 4 for each individual patio slab you may be laying. If you’re working with bricks or smaller pavers, take note that it may take a while to do this, but the end result will look very clean and neat in your backyard.
  • 6
    Once you have secured all the slabs in place, go back with your rubber mallet and tap them all a few more times just to be sure everything is secure.
  • 7
    Congratulations! You have just put down patio slabs in grass successfully.

Conclusion

Do you feel comfortable with your skills and abilities in laying down a patio over your grass? Whether you choose to use larger patio slabs or stick to bricks or pavers for the purposes of this DIY project, you’re sure to love the end result when you follow the tips and steps listed above. Just remember to have someone else around to help you out, especially if you’ve never done anything like this before!

And if you’re concerned about keeping up the appearance of your grass surrounding your all-natural patio, keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Be patient, as you are probably going to lose some grass growth during the time right after your installation. This is normal, and as long as you continue with your regular lawn care and maintenance, it should grow back just fine.
  • Always be careful when using an edger to trim the areas around your patio slabs. Take care to follow the directions on the edger so you don’t run the risk of breaking it on the concrete of the patio when you’re trying to trim your grass.
  • Consider putting down some trim around your patio if you don’t want people to step on the grass surrounding it too often. You can find snap on edging that will do the trick perfectly in most situations.

In the meantime, while you’re focusing on keeping up the appearance of your grass surrounding your patio, make sure you’re taking care of the patio itself too. Follow the tips and suggestions below to get started:

  • Always clean your patio thoroughly at least once a year. Twice a year is best if you live in a place where your patio sees a lot of use year-round. Take time to really scrub the surface and be careful about the cleaners you use, since washing them into your yard can do damage to your grass and plants, too.
  • Cover your patio surface during very cold months, snow, and ice events. Never leave your patio uncovered if you live in a climate where this can be a threat to its surface. Covering your patio can go a long way toward ensuring its long life and use for years to come.
  • Fill in any cracks that may form in your patio right away. Either replace the slab with a new, fresh slab, or fill in the cracks with masonry or grout depending on the type of patio you have. This, too, can help you preserve your patio’s surface for years.

As you can see, there’s a lot to learn about keeping up with a patio, whether you level the ground to lay it or you simply lay it down over grass instead. We hope that we’ve given you some inspiration and that you’ll soon be ready to get out there and put down patio slabs in your yard, too.

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