Now that you have your own backyard escape area using Interlocking Pavers, you wonder how your friends backyard patio looks so clean and sharp for many years. The secret of countless happy homeowners is the use of Polymeric Sand.
Polymeric Sand is the key to stabilizing your Interlocking Pavers and getting that weed-free, insect-free finished look. In fact, it should always be used once you’ve completed your landscaping project and not be thought as an option. With the use of Polymeric Sand, erosion has been virtually eliminated – no more re-filling sand year in and year out.
Although applying the Polymeric Sand is fairly straightforward, here are some tips that will help you get that clean finished look you were after:
1. Check for rain-free weather
Make sure that have at least 2-4 days of sunny weather with NO chance of rain or precipitation. You want to make sure that the glue in the sand has a chance to activate properly and harden without getting washed out.
2. Use a proper broom
Using a wide broom will help you distribute the sand across all the joints more evenly. Avoid corn brooms as they can potentially leave bits and pieces of broom in the crevices and potentially weakening the joint.
3. Use a compactor
After you pushed all the sand into the joints with a broom, use a power compactor with a rubber sleeve or base to help you get the sand into every single crevice and crack. This is almost like an insurance policy to help prevent weeds from growing and insects making those spaces their home.
4. Use a leaf blower
After you’ve swept in the sand or used the compactor into all the joints, blow the sand away at an angle nearly parallel to the surface of the patio. The key is to remove all the sand on the surface of the patio pavers. You don’t want the glue and sand to sit on the surface of the stone once it has been activated, especially if it is smooth patio stones.
5. Use water misting only
By using water misting to activate the glue in the sand, you do not wash away the sand between the patio stones before it has a chance to harden.