If you’re living in the 21st Century and have a Pinterest account, you know about paving DIY fails. We call these DDIY: Don’t Do It Yourself. Paving DIY projects are especially sensitive. From breaking steps on the first afternoon to breaking through the back wall, we’ve heard it all. But that’s why we’re here! Paving projects can be fun and are totally doable.

Today we’ll look at mistakes to avoid when working on DIY paving projects. Here are the top 4:

  • Non-level ground

It’s so simple! Don’t let it be a mistake. Unleveled ground is seriously problematic to the foundation of your work, but it’s also completely avoidable.

The biggest reason to avoid it: water collection. You can likely get away with a slight slant going unnoticed, but rain and sprinklers won’t be deceived. If your paving steps slant down as they ascend, water will collect and slowly deteriorate your beautiful DIY paving stone.

To ensure your ground is level, get a leveling kit!

  • Too many slabs, not enough space

It’s really important to account for size. Pick out your pavers first, and then make sure to measure and double-check your measurement of the stone and ground. If you break ground without being precise about measurements, it’s likely that the paving slabs won’t fit, and you’ll be forced to reconsider your design. Avoid this inconvenience and potentially unstable result by measuring over and over again as you work. You can never be too prepared!

  • Step support

Paving stone is heavy! Combine the weight of the gorgeous material with the frequent stepping up and down, and you have a recipe for soil erosion. Unless, of course, you include reliable rise support. Try bricks or planks for a sturdier foundation, and make sure that your DIY project is built to last.

  • No Foundation

What is life without foundation, haven’t we learned this? It’s so commonly overlooked in paving, you wouldn’t believe. The ground seems reliable at first glance, but we forget to factor in future years of rain, use and general change throughout time. Always use your own, additional foundation before laying pavers. Try a layer of compact gravel topped by a smooth bed of sand.

Easy enough to avoid these, right? It certainly is and in no time, you’ll have a front and back yard looking good as new. If you need any help in the meantime (or with repairs… woops!), get in touch with Cricket Pavers, and we’ll get right on the job. Happy DIYing!