Show your guests the scenic route to your outdoor spa, gazebo or other backyard attraction with a stone and pea gravel garden path.
The lack of edging is what gives this path its rustic look. For a more finished look, install your pathway with brick, timer or concrete edging.
Tools and Materials
|Plate compactor||Garden hose||Hoe||Square shovel|
|Gravel rake||Mallet||Powdered chalk||Landscape fabric|
|Bedding sand||Pea gravel||Sandstone pavers||
Step 1. Lay out the shape of the path using a garden hose. Stretch the hose along one border of the desired route, marking the grass with powdered chalk. Repeat for the other border.
Step 2. Use hoe to dig out the borders of the path. Excavate sod and soil to 3 or 4" within the pathway, using a square shovel. (For a more even path surface, use a plate compactor to tamp the earth down.)
Step 3. Line the path with landscape fabric, overlapping the fabric edges 12 to 18". if multiple pieces are used.
Step 4. Pour bedding sand onto the landscape fabric, to a depth of approximately 2 to 5". Rake smooth, taking care not to poke holes in the fabric.
Step 5. Place the pavers in a desired formation. When you're sure of the placement, settle the pavers into sand by tapping them with a mallet. Fill the pathway around the borders with pea gravel to the grass line.
DIY tip: A plate compactor is a garden project must-have, as it effectively levels and compacts soil and/or gravel, preparing it for your DIY patio, pathway or any other project where a stable surface is critical to success.
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