Using pavers in your yard can help make your landscaping look beautiful and well-maintained, but can also help protect your home and surrounding paved surfaces. Here are some insightful tips to help you use pavers in your yard to protect your asphalt's edges from cracking and your basement foundation from moisture problems.
An asphalt driveway in your yard provides a solid surface for you and your vehicles, keeping down mud and dust. When the edges of your pavement are unfinished, they can easily become cracked and crumble from vehicle traffic and weather oxidation wear. One way to finish the edges of your asphalt pavement is by installing paving stones as an edge to support the asphalt and help prevent weed growth that can further deteriorate its edges.
Select the size and width of pavers you want to install along the edge of your asphalt pavement, then excavate a trench along your pavement's edges wide and deep enough to accommodate a row of your chosen pavers. It can be helpful to add approximately one-half to an inch of depth to the trench for lining it with sand. This helps keep down weed and vegetation growth around your pavers.
Line the trench with a layer of sand and place the pavers into the trench abutting the asphalt's edge, then pour additional sand onto the pavers and push it into the cracks around the pavers with a broom. Continue this process until all the cracks surrounding the pavers are filled with sand.
Downspout Splash Block
When your roof's gutter system collects rainwater, it is directed through its downspouts and out the end of each at ground level. When your home's downspouts allow water to fall directly onto soil, especially the soil around your home's foundation, it can erode the soil and also seep down into your basement and foundation walls to cause interior moisture problems. If you don't already have one, install a downspout diverter end piece onto your downspout, then you can build a downspout splash block where water exits the diverter to prevent soil erosion and also to help the water flow further from your home's foundation.
Excavate an area at the base of your downspout diverter to allow for the pavers and approximately one-half to one inch of sand to be set into the soil. You can extend the splash block's area away from your home's foundation several feet to help divert rain water away from your home. Line the bottom of your trench with a layer of sand then the pavers, setting them side by side to pave the base of the trench.
Smooth additional sand onto the pavers to fill cracks between the pavers. As it rains, your downspout will deliver water onto the pavers where it will be dispersed over the area and not erode the soil.