STEP 1 STRIPS: Prep Base
These installation methods are for pavers & turf placed on an aggregate base. Most outdoor applications will require some form of prep including vegetation removal, earth removal or existing hardscape materials. Proper preparation of an aggregate base & slope to allow water drainage away from any buildings or structures is important. Our base preparation methods utilize national building standards, but you should always check with your local building department or research any local contractor recommendations for your geographical area, which may vary.
Simply clear the surface where your PaverTurf will be placed by removing 3" to 6" of earth. Or, if you have enough elevation rise, skip the removal but make sure to kill or clear any grass or weeds. Level & compact area prior to adding the new aggregate material. Next, add a 3" to 6" inch layer of Patio/Paver Base or 1/4" Minus Rock - Crushed Aggregate, (NOT Sand). For increased drainage, a modified base layer of 3 to 4" of a larger road base rock (3/4" minus rock) as the main course followed by a 1" layer of finer 1/4" minus rock or similar, will provide additional drainage and may be a better sub base plan for areas with extreme freeze/thaw ranges.
Spread evenly to achieve the desired finish height, shape and contour. Dampen the entire area then compact again until firm and smooth with a hand tamper or plate compactor. Keeping in mind the pavers and turf will add up to 1.75" to the finished height. Remember to slightly pitch (1%-2% slope) the area away from any buildings or structures, if applicable. On any open sides, It's always a good idea to use edging or a landscape border material to frame out the area to prevent wash out. Or, make sure to expand the base material past the desired finished area a minimum of 6" to 12" with a gradual taper.
As an alternative to 3" to 6" inches of paver base material, Brock PaverBase panels require only 1" of excavation and can be installed in place of aggregate base material. For more details on this method, click here...
PAVERTURF should not create any new water or drainage issues, but will not solve any, either. Any water or drainage issues should be addressed prior to installation.
Approximate # of Bags Per 4' x 8' PaverTurf Area (32 SF)
(5.5) 50# Bags Paver Base = 1"
(11) 50# Bags Paver Base = 2"
(16) 50# Bags Paver Base = 3"
(22) 50# Bags Paver Base = 4"
Buying base material by the yard is 5-6 times cheaper, if you have access to a truck, trailer or delivery. 1 cubic yard = 54 bags
Next, assuming you have your pattern and spacing worked out, place your pavers. For longer runs or large areas, using a few string lines to mark out straight lines or the perimeter is highly recommended. Use a tape measure, ruler, and/or make a few turf strip spacers out of cardboard or wood (cut to the exact width size of turf strips you will be using). Another method is to use a PaverTurf Template. Remember turf strip sizes may vary slightly (+/- 1/4") due to the backing and stitch rows, so leave some room for final adjustments.