Build a gravel walkway in a weekend!Published Sunday 01st May 2016
After you’ve spent all spring laying turf or grass seed, and planting the right bulbs in the right places, the last thing you want is to trample all over it just as the fruits of your labour are starting to bloom!
The best way to gentle hint at ‘stay off the grass’ and also guide people around the parts of your garden that you want to show off is by laying a pathway and as some other types can be expensive and time consuming, a gravel pathway can be a solution that won’t break the bank or your back!
You’ll be pleased to hear that the preparation required to lay a gravel pathway is pretty simple. After marking out the layout of your pathway (we suggest using a hose pipe as it is flexible and spray paint to marl the grass), you only need to dig a few inches down into the soil to make a space for the gravel to sit. If you live in a clay heavy soil area, then the soil itself should be sufficient to hold the gravel, however if your soil is softer or more sandy then you will need to lay a mixture of ¾ inch stones and stone dust first.
To ensure that you don’t have any unsightly weeds growing through your pathway, it is best practice to lay landscape fabric over the base as well.
One great thing about a gravel pathway is that it isn’t a ridged surface so will not be affected by frost or ice, however it is a free flowing one and if not edged correctly will start to leak little stones onto your lawn. You can use a variety of materials for this depending on the look you want to achieve, but popular choices are galvanised steel, as it is malleable enough to bend and position and also wood, brick or plastic.
Keep your gravel level a good ½ inch short of the top of the edging to avoid overspill.
1. Mark out your pathway using a garden hose and spray paint.
2. Use a spade and dig a trench within your lines of about 4 inches deep
3. Smooth the bottom of your trench using a rake and compact the soil down with a hand tamper
4. Line the bottom of your trench with 2-3 inches of stone pack (a mixture of small stones and sand) and rake it to create an even surface