Paving A Patio: 3 Tips For Defining And Determining Where The Base Will Be Laid

There's no better way to enjoy your backyard than to install a patio. Almost everyone is getting one installed, as the "outdoor leisure lifestyle" industry is worth approximately $6.2 billion. To do this, you'll need to pave the ground with either asphalt, concrete, or some type of bricks. Before contacting paving contractors for the job, you should first determine where you want the patio to be installed. This article will look at 3 tips that will help you define and determine where the patio base should be laid.

Show Approximate Borders with Grass Spray Paint

Take a look at your backyard and determine how much space you can spare for the patio. The patio should be large enough to fit patio furniture. If you have a large family or like to host outdoor parties, you'd naturally want to pave a larger patio. On the other hand, if the patio is for more intimate purposes, such as a place for you to unwind at the end of the day with a beer, it might not need to be as big. The patio should not take over your backyard. You still need to have a healthy amount of landscape.

Once you have determined where the patio should go, outline the borders with lawn paint or spray paint for grass, so that the paving contractors can clearly visualize your dreams. You should schedule an appointment with the paving contractor within a few weeks of making the outline, as the paint will fade with time. Choose a paint color that easily contrasts with the color of the lawn. For example, if your grass is nice and green, a neon yellow or pink color will be suitable. On the other hand, if your grass is dying and already starting to turn yellow, neon yellow lawn paint may not be as suitable. You might want to go with dark blue lawn paint instead.

Choose Surfaces that Are Already Level

When determining where the base should be laid, take a look at the geography of your backyard. In general, you want to choose surfaces that are already level. If there's a huge slope, the paving contractors may have to spend a considerable amount of time leveling the ground and compacting the soil in order to have a solid and sturdy base for the patio.

Looking at how level the surface is may also help you determine where to draw the borders for the patio. The extra time and effort it will take to level an inch or two more for the patio is usually not worth it. It's simply not practical.

Remove Debris, Rocks and Plants from the Excavation Site

Once you have determined where the borders of the patio should be and have outlined the borders with paint, you should also clear the defined area by removing any debris, rocks, and plants that might be in the way. Rent a dumpster for landscaping waste to help streamline the process. You want the paving contractors to have a good idea of what they're working with when they arrive at your home. This will help save time, as they can give you some input as to whether your ideas are feasible and practical.

You need to consider whether any of the roots from surrounding plants, especially trees, may be a problem later on. It's surprising how far tree roots can extend.


Once you have a vision in mind, contact a paving company in your area to see whether your dream can be made into reality. It's important to do your homework and know what you want ahead of time so that you don't get swayed into paving or installing a patio that doesn't fit with your needs or expectations.