Step 1

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Measure the Path

Mark with string and long wood pegs, spaced every 5 feet. Allow enough room for shuttering boards and decorative edging.

Step 2

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Make Room for Gravel and Sand

Dig out enough soil between the string to accommodate layers of gravel and sand as well as the blocks. Check levels along the path using a bubble level.

Step 3

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Build a Slope

The path must slope gently to one side in order to drain properly. Angle it away from house or garden walls to avoid water problems. Check levels again.

Step 4

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Enclose the Path Area

Enclose the path area by nailing the shuttering boards to the pegs. Check levels once more; any adjustments can be made by easing the pegs up and down.

Step 5

Spread Gravel and Compact

Spread Gravel and Compact

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DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Spread a Layer of Gravel

Use a hand rammer or rented plate compactor to tamp it down thoroughly.

Step 6

Spread Layer of Sand Over Gravel and Level

Spread Layer of Sand Over Gravel and Level

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DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Spread a Layer of Sharp Sand

Level the surface by pulling a length of wood across the path toward you. Fill in any hollows with extra sand.

Step 7

Paving Bricks

Paving Bricks

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DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lay Block Paving

Use shallow blocks to sit on the sand’s surface. Full-sized paving bricks should be tamped into the sand and left above the surface by 3/4 inch.

Step 8

Installing Paving Bricks

Installing Paving Bricks

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DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill Gaps With Fine Sand

Paving bricks are butted up close together, but other paving types require regular spaces. When you have finished laying and tamping, brush finer sand into the gaps.

Step 9

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Provide Planting Holes

Consider removing one or two small pavers to provide planting holes. Plant with low alpines; these will soften the appearance of the path.

Step 10

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Decorative Gravel

Finish off block paths by brushing decorative gravel into the gaps between them. This isn’t necessary for brick paths since the blocks are butted up together.