Garden slabs can improve the looks of your garden

Rahul_Singh By Rahul_Singh, 23rd Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This post is all about the garden slabs and its benefits. And how it can improve your garden.

Garden slabs

A Slab is a structural element used for flooring. It looks similar to tiles but larger in size and usually made of concrete instead of ceramic. Generally these kinds of slabs are used for paving hard surfaces on sidewalks, entrances, patios, etc. Garden is the most attractive part in the home. So it is very important to improve the looks of the garden. Infact, a garden can only be improve through paving stone (flooring) and patio.

What is pavement?
Pavement is construction is an outdoor floor or superficial surface covering. Paving materials include asphalt, concrete, stone such as flagstone, cobblestone and setts, artificial stone bricks, tiles and something wood. In garden pavement method is used on sidewalks, road surface, patios, courtyards, etc.

What is a patio?
A patio is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved. Patios are most commonly paved with concrete or stone slabs. Patios can also be created using bricks block paving, tiles or cobbles.

So slab is the most important thing in a garden. It ultimately help you to improve the beautiness of your garden. But how to lay a slab? Following steps will help you to lay a slab in your garden.

1. Design :
Draw out your design of your garden and adjust the slab in that by using pencil, chalk or can of spray-paint depending on the type of the surface that you are working on. But remember, the layout of the project should be drawn on location with exact measurement.

2. Select your slabs:
You can choose from a large variety of patterns, colors and surface textures. In fact you can buy it from online retailers. You also need to decide the thickness of the slabs that you want to use and the material they are made of since this will affect their durability.

3. Dig out the ground that will be beneath the slabs.
This is known as the subgrade layer and should be the same depth as the combined thickness of the slabs, the sub-base layer, the bedding and the layering.

4. Fill the base of the sub-grade layer with gravel or limestone.
This will create the sub-base layer that should be at least 4 inches (10.2 cm) thick.

5. Pour construction sand on top of the sub-base layer to make the bedding layer.
This will fill gaps in the sub-base layer and also give a smoother surface since the construction sand is finer than the gravel or limestone under it. Pat the construction sand to make it compact and level it to create a fine and smooth surface. The final depth of the bedding layer should be approximately 2 inches (5.1 cm).

6. Install the leveling layer.
The leveling layer needs to be installed with great precision because the slabs will be placed directly on top of it. If the leveling layer is installed incorrectly the slabs may wobble, which will not only make them difficult to walk on but also cause damage to the slabs. You can install a leveling layer successfully using the following steps.
*.Use fine sand to create a smoother surface.
*.Pour the leveling sand slowly so it has enough time to spread evenly.
*.Shape the leveling layer so it is slightly concave. If the slab rests at the edges it will not wobble whereas any bumps near its center point underneath will cause wobbling.
*.Make the leveling layer approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick to create the concave shape without exposing any of the bedding layer underneath.
*.Do not compact the leveling layer. It is better to leave this layer soft so it can adjust easily as a sort of padding under the slabs.

7. Lay slabs gently and evenly over the leveling layer to create the final paving.
You may need a partner for laying slabs evenly so you can lift each slab from the edges and lower it together while keeping it as flat as possible.

8. Sweep jointing sand into the gaps between the slabs.
This locks the slabs together and prevents them from bumping into each other.

Benefits of using Garden Slabs
1. Many people create a patio to improve the looks of their garden. A patio can serve as a place for many daily activities, from a child's play area when the grass is too wet to an entertainment area for barbecues on long summer evenings. And it can serve as an ideal place to relax in.
2. These garden slabs can also be used to mark the boundaries of your lawn and let you move all through your lawn with no issue.

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I am Rahul Singh from INDIA, 22year old, just completed MBA with specialised in Finance And Operations. I have chosen wikinut as a medium to connect with people while writing on various topics.

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