Step 4: Excavate for the Base

stripping out sod for place of paver in stone stepping path
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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Flip each paver to the side of its outline, then strip out the sod. Dig down along the edge to a depth equal to the stone's thickness plus 1 1/2 inches. Use the mason line to check the depth. Repeat this process for each remaining course.
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