A garden pathway is a simple and beautiful addition to any outdoor space. Learn how to add one to your garden with this step-by-step guide.
Taller edging blocks are used along the new path to hold back soil that runs alongside the path, keeping a neater appearance for the garden.
©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited
2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited
Mark with string and long wood pegs, spaced every 5 feet. Allow enough room for shuttering boards and decorative edging.
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.
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.
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.
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© 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide
, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Use a hand rammer or rented plate compactor to tamp it down thoroughly.
Level the surface by pulling a length of wood across the path toward you. Fill in any hollows with extra sand.
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.
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.
Consider removing one or two small pavers to provide planting holes. Plant with low alpines; these will soften the appearance of the path.
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.
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