I don't think the pavers would stay there very long, especially if you just put them on top of the grass.
I'm kinda lazy so try to do things right the first time so I don't have to go back and re do it. This is one of those examples where I wouldn't even consider paving (or a wooden deck) without the proper prep work. I would hate to have to pull up all the pavers in 6 months or so.
Here is an image of one layout showing a retaining wall on the downward side. You don't need the part on the right side of the image. The image illustrates some of the excavation that must be done for the retaining wall and the paved area. The gravel area is compacted.
A DIY Noob that knows just enough to be dangerous.
Last edited by drtbk4ever; 01-28-2013 at 02:01 PM.
I should have mentioned the pavers won't go directly onto the grass. There would be clearing/leveling of the area, sand compaction, plastic liners around the edges, and then the pavers (done by a local contractor).
Thanks for that image - its quite helpful to visualize!