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What To Do If Your Paving Stones Are Uneven

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When you add paving stones to your yard, whether for a walkway, patio, or as stepping stones to your garden, you expect them to be even. Even if the ground was even when they were installed, they can become uneven over time. This is especially true when they start sinking into the ground from being stepped on. If this happens, you may need to adjust them to make them even again, which you can do with these simple instructions.

Gather Your Supplies

Before you start assessing the reasons why the paving stones are uneven and correcting the problem, you need to gather some basic supplies. You might already have these in your shed or garage, but it is a good idea to check first before you start your project. To fix uneven paving stones, you will need a:

  • Shovel
  • Crow bar
  • Camera
  • Crushed limestone
  • Trowel
  • Level

Remove the Paving Stones

The first step to fixing uneven paving stones is to remove them. You only need to remove the problem stones, so look around and see if they all look uneven, or only a few of them do. If you don't think you will remember exactly where they go, it can help to get your camera and take pictures of them first. Take a picture of the entire area, as well as of the stones that you're going to remove. You can look at these later when replacing the pavers.

Your shovel and crowbar will come in handy when trying to remove the paving stones. Put one of these items in the joint that is right next to the paver you're trying to remove. Remove the uneven paving stones one at a time and set them aside.

Level the Ground

Now that the paving stones are gone, you can work to make the ground more level. Look to see if there are any lumps of dirt and excavate it. Once you have removed the excess dirt, level it out with your shovel. Add some crushed limestone across the surface to prevent the dirt from becoming compacted and causing more issues with uneven pavers. You can also use a trowel to create holes that are filled with the limestone, which also provides a solid base for leveled pavers.

Once the ground is level and you have prepared based for the pavers, install them once more. Take out your camera if you can't figure out the right position for them. 

If you need new stone, speak with suppliers like Old World Stone.