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Old 06-30-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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Checkered garden - grass and slabs

I'd like to make something like this in my backyard but not that elaborate. I just want to have some concrete slabs here and there in the grass to have something to walk on when I step out of the pool and walk over to the gazebo. I'm wondering if I can put these slabs directly on the ground without any rocks or sand or would it be better with something underneath them?
Which needs to be higher? Grass or slabs?
Slabs too high could ruin my mower!
Slabs too low could ruin my grass by cutting it too short!
I'm starting this project from nothing so I guess my question is what is height of the ground (to which I will eventualy plant the grass seeds) compare to that of the slabs?
How do I do this? Help?


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Old 06-30-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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That is a good question---I do not know the answer--but a week or so back there was a thread showing so really nice miniature ground cover that grow in the spaces between the blocks--

Perhaps someone here can find that thread---Mike---


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I'm not sure of exact dimensions but I know the site would be prepared in the usual way
Excavate the topsoil to a depth of 6" -10" (?)
Add limestone screening
level and compact and water slightly to bind it
Place pavers in desired pattern
place soil and grass seed in gaps
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Creeper has the best idea, that way the slabs should stay level, You would be using top soil instead of sand to fill the gaps.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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You might consider some other plants as fill between the stones instead of grass. There were a few ideas kicked around on this thread:

Joint fill for irregular flagstone walkway?

These might be better options than trying to coax grass to grow between the stones in Montreal. There are many plants that will fill in and not grow terribly high and can handle moderate traffic.
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May want to think about buying some sod and cut it in strips.
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One thing to consider with turf in between pavers like that is the heat generated. You have to plan to water extra. I think you would be better off with some appropriate ground covers instead of turf. You would not have to mow them either. Depending on where you are, something like scotch or irish moss (not mosses actually) might be nice depending on the foot traffic.


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