Pavers as patio edging, but over landscape fabric, not over sand


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Old 11-19-12, 11:20 AM
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Pavers as patio edging, but over landscape fabric, not over sand

In my fenced backyard, I recently had someone install a paver patio in half of the backyard and a walkway from the patio to the fence gate. Patio is 18x10; walkway is 3x15. I put rubber mulch in the two sides of the walkway, between the walkway and fence, in the area of the backyard that was not paved. Before the mulch, I put landscape fabric. The pavers were split bricks, 4x8x 1 inch high. The pavers around the edge of the paved area were mortared, the "inside" pavers are over sand

In addition to the patio (which, again, already has a mortared edge), I re-used some old, thicker pavers to create an additional, taller edge around the mulched part so that the mulch would stay in place and to add visual interest. However, I put the old thicker pavers abutted to the thin pavers but over the landscape fabric, not over sand or dirt. Because they are over the fabric, they can't stay in place or sink on sand/dirt. They can simply be lifted. Again, the idea was to simply use the thicker pavers to keep the mulch in place.

Is this a problem? I imagine that, if for some reason I want to keep the thicker pavers a bit more "affixed" to the ground, I could cut 4 inches around the fabric border, so that the thicker pavers can sink into the ground (but still remain removable just in case). Is this strongly desirable? Or in other words, is it not a good practice to leave an edging of thicker pavers basically laying over the fabric, with nothing to secure them in place?

I hope the answer is "not a big deal, whatever you prefer". But I am open to improve this if needed.
 
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Old 11-19-12, 11:53 AM
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I used brick sized pavers to edge my landscaping around the house. I did nothing more than set them in the grass where I wanted them and let them sink into the ground a bit as the grass under them died. Then, the plastic was laid to them (and up their side a bit) for the rock mulch we installed. No problems have occurred as a result.
 
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Just in case of what?
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Old 11-19-12, 12:14 PM
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Thanks for your reply. In my case, the thicker brick pavers are laid on the edge of the landscape fabric, not on the ground, and therefore I don't think they will sink. Do you think this is a problem that needs to be fixed, which would require me to lift the edging pavers, remove the fabric underneath them, and re-set them on the ground so that they sink in? Or (hopefully) just letting them sit on the fabric will be fine?

Removing the edging pavers from over the fabric is easy (too easy?) as they can't sink. Removing them from the ground is harder but still easy. I can't see why I should do the extra step mentioned above (removing fabric, letting them sit on ground) but I can do so is strongly advisable (e.g. safety). Thanks.
 
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Old 11-19-12, 12:17 PM
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"Just in case of what?"

Just in case it is not a good idea to leave edging pavers completely loose (laid over fabric) rather than letting them sink a bit over ground.

The more I think about it, the more I think it's not a big deal, but would like to hear from the experts.
 
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Personally, I like the outer edge secured, with or without the fabric.
 
 

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