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How to Build a Brick Patio With Walkway

For high-traffic areas in your yard or garden, consider installing an attractive, durable brick walkway and patio.

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a brick walkway is duarble for high traffic areas Watch Video
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Determine the Placement of the Path and Excavate

Determine the outline of the walkway and patio and mark with spray paint or chalk. Generally, walkways are between 3’ and 4’ wide. Dig out the entire area to a depth of about 6". This will allow enough room for the gravel, sand and brick pavers. To make this job easier, consider renting a mini-loader
Don't site the path too close to large trees because digging may damage the root systems. Also, large tree roots could disturb the walkway in the future.

consider renting a mini loader to dig walkway

Step 2: Prepare the Walkway and Patio Base

Lay landscaping fabric throughout the entire area to prevent weeds from coming up between the bricks. Cut the fabric with scissors to correct size. Add a 3” layer of gravel over the entire walkway and patio. Tamp down with hand tamper or plate compactor for big jobs. Add a thick layer of sand over the gravel layer, tamping it down to a firm, level base. Add enough sand to reach a height that is 3.5” below grade (or the thickness of your brick pavers).

landscaping fabric will help prevent weeds

Step 3: Install the Edging Border

To serve as a guide when installing the plastic edging border, lay out a single row of pavers from one side of the path to the other. Affix plastic edging to ground with 12” landscape spikes. Install a spike every 3’ for the best results.

Step 4: Lay the Brick Pavers

Continue laying bricks and installing edging until path and patio are complete. For possible paver patterns, consider the running bond (Image 1), herringbone (Image 2) or basket weave (Image 3). Use a rubber mallet to set the bricks firmly in place. Use a brick saw or masonry chisel and hammer to cut pavers to fit irregular spaces. Occasionally check the bricks with a straightedge and level to make sure they are flush with one another.

Step 5: Fill in the Joints

When all of the bricks are in place, fill in around the outside of the edging with soil. Spread a thin layer of masonry sand over the entire walkway and patio and use a push broom to work the sand into the gaps between bricks. Soak the walkway with a gentle spray of water to help settle the sand into the gaps. Repeat the process until the sand fills all the gaps.

fill in joints with masonary sand using push broom

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