Bought a house--if all goes well, we will be moving in within the month (quick close, unrelated).
Right now the lawn is completely woodchips with a sidewalk going out to the garage. We want to lay pavers or bricks on one side of the sidewalk/lawn to put a patio set or something.
I know the process for laying pavers, but here is the deal: we got an opinion from an inspector about laying pavers and he said that because of a large, old tree in the area, that if we use a compactor, we will certainly kill the tree.
So, is there a way of laying pavers without a compactor? What will happen over time? Is a compactor really necessary in the first place for our particular application? We will use it simply for sitting, a table, and that is about it.
My thought is that the bricks won't lay even over time, they may spread apart, or maybe nothing will happen.
I know there are pro landscapers here, so thoughts are welcome.
Also, apparently the grading at the house was really bad but it was "fixed," but the inspector said it's still really bad. Is grading/backfilling a DIY project? Do you just add dirt around the foundation to 6" below the siding, or is it more complicated than that?