How to Lay a Brick Pathway
Create a welcoming entrance to your home by laying a brick or paver walkway.
12-inch landscape spikes
chalk spray paint
hand tamper or plate compactor
The walkway should be wide enough for two people to walk comfortably side by side, i.e., 3 to 4 feet. Avoid areas near large trees so that your digging does not damage the roots, and the roots do not damage your walkway in the future.
Use heavy rope or garden hose to experiment with contours and locations.
Once you’re happy with design, use chalk spray paint to outline walk.
Dig the foundation 6 inches deep.
Line the foundation with landscaping fabric.
Spread 3 inches of gravel in bottom and tamp down with a hand tamper or plate compactor.
Cover gravel with sand, leaving enough space at top for bricks.
Plastic edging will keep walkway stable.
To guide edging, lay row of bricks across one end of pathway.
Line foundation with edging, securing every three feet with spikes.
Using first row as guide, lay bricks. Lay bricks in running bond, herringbone or basket weave pattern.
Tap bricks into place with rubber mallet.
Partial bricks can be cut with a masonry saw or masonry chisel and hammer. Tapping a brick with a masonry chisel aligns the molecules in rows, allowing the brick to break in a straight line.
Use a straightedge and level to make sure bricks are flush and level.
Lay bricks as close to each other as possible.
Sweep masonry sand into cracks with broom.
Spray walkway gently with water to set sand in joints.
Cover plastic edging with mulch.
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