Can I Lay Paving Slabs On Mud?

Can I Pave Over Mud For My Patio, As A Foundation For A Shed Or To Park My Car On?

People often wonder if they can miss out the fuss of digging up their garden/driveway, putting down substrate and jump straight to putting down paving slabs.

Well, it depends on how good you want the job to be.

If you’re going to put something on the paving, such as a shed or a parked car, it’s not a great idea to put the paving slabs on mud because they’ll subside giving an uneven base for a shed (which will warp) or the car which will be parked on uneven ground and could crack the paving when the ground freezes. If you’re only paving for decorative purposes, and only want to walk on the stones, the importance of a substrate is less. However, you still don’t want a large area, like a patio, to start shifting around and become uneven, which it will quickly do if laid onto mud.

So, the answer is, in all cases except laying individual, well-spaced paving slabs, it’s a good idea to lay a strong foundation for the paving to prevent them subsiding and ruining the job they were used for… to create a flat surface.

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3 Top Tips For Keeping Your Paving Perfect

How To Keep Your Paving Looking Great!

Most people seem to think that paving doesn’t need maintenance. Perhaps this misinformation comes from the slick salesmen who want you to think that paving is maintenance-free. Unfortunately, it’s rubbish. Nothing in life is maintenance-free!

So here are three top tips for keeping your paving in perfect condition.

Wack the Weeds

Weeds are a fact of life. When it rains, minute particles of soil are deposited on the ground, and in the case of your paving, into the joins between the paving slabs/stones. Over time, and with the addition of seeds blown in from surrounding areas, you’ll have weeds growing between the paving. Getting rid of the weeds is as simple as pulling them up, spraying with weedkiller, routinely brushing the paving to get rid of soil and seeds and using sealant on the paving to help slow the accumulation of soil and seeds.

Aggro the Algae

If you have algae, which usually grows in sheltered, damp parts of the paving, use a dilute solution of bleach to get rid of it. Leave the diluted bleach on the paving for a few minutes, then rinse well with water. You may need two or three applications of the dilute bleach, but the improvement in the look of your paving will be enormous when you’re finished.

Lose the Lichen

A combination of brushing (sometimes with a wire brush at the site of the lichen) and dilute bleach treatments (again, at the site of the lichen) will loosen the grip of the lichen and enable you to get rid of it. Try to do good maintenance to prevent lichen buildup rather than proactively trying to tackle tons of lichen with their phenomenal grip on your paving.

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How To Remove Oil From Paving Slabs

Sometimes, you have an accident. Either you drop your bottle of olive oil while taking it to your barbeque, or your engine suddenly develops an oil leak… all over your pristine paving slabs. So, what can you do?

One of the best ways to get rid of excess oil on paving slabs is to use cement powder to absorb the oil. If you don’t have any cement powder, try some kitty litter. Both product are absorbent. All you do is crush the kitty litter (which is usually bentonite clay) into a fine powder, sprinkle it over the oil spill, scrub the area well and sweep it all up. Some people also recommend using biological washing powder to remove oil.

One thing to note: don’t go overboard with the cleaning or you’ll have a conspicuous clean patch on your paving where the oil used to be!

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Quarter Or Half Circle Paving

A lot of people have been asking whether it’s possible to buy quarter- or half- circles to use in paving projects.

I’ve reviewed a ton of paving circles, and, unfortunately, I haven’t seen any sold as quarter circles or half circles.

Quarter Or Half Circle Paving Options

One thing to do would be to buy a full circle and either use the two halves (four quarters) in different parts of the garden, or try to sell the other half/quarters locally. Alternatively, you could get some carpet stones and fashion your quarter/half circle design from them… although, to get it neat, you may need to actually cut come stones, which may prove tricky. Of course, you could always manually create a half or quarter circle pattern from loose stones, but that’s not really a solution to buying a kit.

If anyone knows where half or quarter circles can be bought, please email us via the contact form so we can add the info!

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