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Paving tricks

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

December 17, 2012

Many gardens have areas where you want to pave but there’s a problem. This gallery shows some innovative and clever solutions to a number of paving problems, including material choices, paver patterning and paver cutting. Paver cutting is one of the most common reasons a paving job looks poor, so really think through where you’ll have smaller pavers to fill gaps, and how to cut pavers to turn corners and go around obstacles.

1. Paving a large area – a large expanse of all one paver would look too boring, too monochromatic or too institutional. Try breaking up the paving with contrasting bands of other colours or textures. This can also help you relate the paving better to other hard surfaces or different materials, such as retaining walls. Or you can insert patterns of the same paver, or even more detailed mosaics. Mixing in a few contrasting pavers at random will also break up a large area.

2. Paving around obstacles – sometimes you need a path or paving to go around an immovable object, such as a pillar or verandah post.

3. Paving an unusual shape. Most pavers are square, so how do you handle circles, octogons and curves?

4. Often an area of paving can have several paths leading from it – how do you connect paths and paving?

5. Thinking literally outside the square when you choose a paving material.

Click on any photo to see a larger image slideshow. You can also click the photos in the slideshow (top right corner) to see a full-size version.

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