Paving stones are a beautiful addition to your yard. Pave as many areas of your yard as possible with interlocking paving slabs so you can be proud of your home’s curb appeal. It is easy to do paving stones from your home. If you want it to look professional, a professional would normally be hired. The cost of the professional would run into the thousands.

Paving stones exist in various sizes from extra large paving slabs to small ones, but they are all relatively easily fitted because they are thin and light. If you want to save money, then consider paving stones from your home. If you follow the tips in this article and know the right materials, they will have the same quality as if they were done by a professional. You can save thousands of dollars. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: First, you need to prepare the paving stone for installation by rubbing it down with a wire brush so that it is easily cleaned up after installation. To prepare the paving stone for installation, start by removing any grass or weeds from the area where you will be installing your paving stones. You can use either a wire brush or a power washer for this purpose. Once you have done this, use a trowel to thoroughly dig up any loose soil and remove any rocks or other debris that may be present in your area.

Step 2: Install the paving stone with mortar at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground. Mix concrete and water in a bucket until it has a consistency similar to pancake batter. Pour this mixture into holes drilled into your paving stones using a trowel or stiff brush. Use a trowel to spread a thin layer of mortar along all sides of each paving stone using long sweeping motions from top to bottom and side to side until all sides are covered with mortar. Smooth out any lumps or bumps in your mortar with your trowel as you go along so that it does not tear when you are working on other stones nearby.

Step 3: Allow for 24 hours for drying time before moving on to step 4 below. After 24 hours, remove all remaining mortar from your paving stones using your trowel or stiff brush as needed until only one inch remains on each side of each paving stone. You need to ensure that they are big enough to cover up all cracks on your walkway but not too big so as not to cause any inconvenience when walking on them.

Step 4: Place the paving stone on top of your scrap piece of wood and align it with the edge of your concrete slab. Align both sides so there are no gaps between them and make sure that they are straight so that they can be hammered into place easily. Make sure they are all leveled out before moving on to another stone so as not to cause any unevenness in your new paving stones installation process.

Step 5: Place another piece of scrap wood underneath one side of your paving stone and use a hammer to pound it into place using a single motion along its entire length until you feel a slight resistance and hear a satisfying “click”. Do not hit any other areas on the slab because this could damage other parts of your slab that may need to be replaced later on down the road if necessary!


If you’re a do-it-yourself homeowner or professional looking to pave a smaller area, it’s entirely possible to tackle this project on your own. Just be sure to follow these steps carefully and you’ll be well on your way to laying your new stone walkway!