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How To Create Your Own Walkway

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Sep 21, 2015

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Creating a walkway in your yard can lend a sense of harmony to the look of your property. You may create a brick walkway that leads from your house to the in-ground swimming pool in the backyard. Or you could make a gravel walkway that leads through your beloved garden. You won't be surprised when I say that I love seeing a flagstone walkway leading up to an attractive garden shed. If you decide to create a walkway, it's a good idea to learn what's involved in the process. Take a look at some of the most important details.

Where to Put Your Walkway

There are countless places to put a pathway in a backyard or elsewhere on a piece of property. If you have a small fishpond in your yard, you may want to put in a pathway that leads from the house to the pond. Or if you have a small fenced-in area for your dog, you could create a pathway between the house and the dog's backyard play area. Of course, it's best to choose a level piece of ground for the foundation of your pathway. Also, keep in mind that the design of your walkway can elongate the appearance of your yard or simply add interest to a flat section of ground. I suggest you take a good look at your yard before making a final decision on what type of pathway to create.

Tools and Materials Needed to Create a Walkway

Once you decide on the type of pathway you want, it's time to gather the tools and materials for the job. If you decide to build a brick walkway, your list of supplies should include a brick chisel, a level, a rubber mallet, a wheelbarrow, crushed limestone, bricks, sand, and landscaping fabric. Alternatively, creating a gravel pathway requires a materials list that includes stone pack, edging, landscaping fabric, and gravel. A square spade, a tamper, a steel rake, a utility knife, and a hammer are all tools necessary for building a gravel pathway. I'm willing to bet that you already have a lot of these tools in your garage.

The Steps of Building a Walkway

After choosing a location for your path, you have to demarcate it. Most pathways are about three feet wide. I think that's a good amount of space for one person on the path. The length of your path depends on where you want it to go. You can use wooden stakes and string to mark the area. I'll use a flagstone walkway as an example as I explain the steps involved in the building process. First, dig a trench that's about four inches deep inside the marked boundaries of your walkway. Next, attach a strip of steel edging on each wall of the trench. Steel edging prevents the foundation layer of pea stone from tumbling out of the trench and into the grass around your pathway. Roll a sheet of landscaping fabric onto the floor of your trench. This fabric keeps roots from growing up through your flagstone pathway. Pour the pea stone on top of the landscaping fabric, making sure the stones don't spill over the steel edging. The pea stone is the foundation for your flagstones. The final step is to firmly place each flagstone down on the layer of pea stone. Push down the flagstones so they sink into the pea stone, creating a stable pathway.

Just think of how much you'll love looking at a neat walkway of gravel, brick, flagstone, or mulch that you created with your own hands! Thanks for reading. - Alan

 

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