How to Lay a Gravel Pathway

Create a stunning entrance to your home by laying a gravel walkway. Learn how with these instructions.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Determine Layout and Excavate

Excavate your path area to a depth of at least 4 inches.

Level the Edging Boards

Lay treated wood edging boards held in place with wooden pegs. Use a level to check that both sides of the path are level. If not, bed the edging boards down with a rubber mallet.

Secure the Edging Boards

Screw the edging boards to the pegs with a drill-driver.

Lay a Weed-Proof Membrane

Lay the weedproof membrane on the soil base. Overlap seams in the fabric by at least 4 inches (10 cm). Trim with a utility knife.

Add the Crushed Stone Base

Shovel in crushed stone over the membrane surface. Distribute it as evenly as possible, making a layer of about 2 inches (5 cm).

Compact the Crushed Stone Base

Rake the crushed stone level before using a rammer to compact it. Use a roller if you have one.

Pour the Top Layer of Gravel

Pour the gravel into the path area. Be careful not to injure yourself when lifting heavy bags.

Finish the Gravel Path

Rake the gravel level. Once the path has settled for a few weeks, it may be necessary to add some more gravel to top off the level.

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