How to build a garden path up to your patio?

garden pathEntertaining friends and family in your patio is a wonderful thing to do, but how do they reach the patio? Bringing all your guests through the house can be a real pain, why not send them up the garden path?

Build up a garden path up to your patio. Garden path that is a winding path to meander through plants, making a safe walking surface and beckons your guests to what lays beyond is an attraction in itself.

A garden path can be fascinating and functional at the same time.

How to build a garden path?

Building your garden path is a weekend job and you will be proud of your results for a long time to come, follow these hassle-freesteps:

Step 1: Choose your design

Think of your typical garden path design. You can choose if it is straight, curved, paved, or gravel. For main paths (those that lead to the front door or are way to the garden) should have enough width, about 1.2m to 1.5m wide, and sturdy.

Step 2: Choose your materials

The materials you need will depend on your purpose of your path. Use sturdy materials that are well bedded down if the path is to be used in daily foot traffic.

Here are suggested materials to make your pathfrom:

  • Paving bricks are designed to be walked on so they are better than wall bricks because they can withstand heavy duty foot traffic.
  • Old bricks although wall bricks are not designed to be walked on they still can create a nice walking path when bedded in properly.
  • Concrete slabs can be slippery when wet, so make sure you bed them well with sand or cement and don’t allow weeds or moss to overgrow on them and become a trip hazard.
  • Wooden slabs can be a great to recycle a large tree. Cut the log into rings and you are half way there.
  • Gravel is the easiest to use and is very affordable. Gravel gives quick drainage and is easy to apply once you have done your preparation.
  • Brickies sand for the foundation of your path

Types of equipment you will need to use are:

  • A Wheelbarrow to carry the loads of paving materials
  • Shovel or spade to dig into the dirt or cut away the base for your path
  • Edging stakes or marking paint to use to mark the boundary
  • Hose with a sprayer to damp down the new path area before laying
  • Mason’s chisel to cut the pavers
  • Broom sweep sand over finished path

Step 3: Layout your path. Using the marking paint or stakes layout where you want your path to go. Make your path approximately 90cm wide. 90cm is a good width for people to walk up and down. Narrower paths make for a more secret kind of entrance but aren’t much good when you want lots of people to use it to get to your patio. Wider paths lose that up the garden path effect.

Step 4: Time to dig. Use your shovel or shape to cut the edges and dig out the edges of your path. Dig out the ground to a depth of approx18cm deep to allow for the foundation materials and to give you a heavy duty path. It is best to compress the soil under your path make a really good foundation to start your path on.

Step 5: Lay down edging. The quickest way for all your hardwork to be undone is not lay proper edging. Cooch grass can wreck your path very quickly if your edges are not solid. Setlandscape edging along the path edges. You can use bricks, concert, landscaping barriers, wooden sleeper or a range of other edging materials. Make sure your edge is the finished height of the path, so you are not creating a trip hazard. Think about putting down weed barrier to block any weeds growing through the path especially if you have cooch grass.

Step 6:Foundations. No matter what type of path you choose you will need to start with a good foundation. Fill the depths with brickies sand (use a rake to level it) then compact it. Hand tamper is ok for informal paths, but to get a really good job or for a large path hire motorised plate compactor. Damp the sand slightly with your hose as damp sand will compact much easier than dry sand.

Step 7: Laying your path. Lay your chosen path material. For pavers or slab -settle them in; use extra sand to fill the gaps. Adjust the sand to fit the paver or slab into place adding or removing sand get them to the right height and to keep the path flat. Use a mason’s chisel to cut your paver half where needed.

For gravel work in section getting it level and compacting it as you go.

Step 8: Finishing off. Fill in soil along the sides of the path and tamp firmly with your foot. Use broom to sweep sand over the path, doing it until all the spaces are full. Wash the path with water to glue the pavers in the sand, and then sweep sand again to seal the joints.

You are finished, sit under your patio and admire your handy work.

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