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Build A Brick Pathway In The Garden

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Step 1: Brick Walkway Overview

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Garden path and bench

Combine a seating space into the pathway.

You don’t want heavy gear and every week of labor to put a beautiful and sturdy path. We designed this one for simplicity and ease of development. It’s constructed from previous road pavers and granite cobbles set on a sand mattress. However you’ll be able to substitute nearly any pavers or forms of stones which might be available and suit your panorama. The stone-setting methods will even accommodate stones of various thicknesses. You’ll be able to construct this path in about two weekends utilizing a shovel, a wheelbarrow and some cheap hand instruments.

In this text, we’ll stroll you thru all of the path-building particulars, from breaking floor to breaking the cobbles to suit tight spots. Often the primary stumbling block is making the trail clean and flat. To unravel that drawback, we’ll present you a easy leveling method utilizing atypical plastic panorama edging. With this system, you’ll be able to lay a top-notch path, even for those who’re a novice.

Understand that we designed this path for foot visitors and different mild use. Don’t attempt to drive on it. As a result of the trail is about solely on sand, it gained’t keep as flat and clean as a standard paver stroll set on a compacted gravel mattress. It’s superb for narrower secondary walks in a backyard or again yard, the place slight imperfections and undulations add to its character. And if an edge stone will get unfastened from a wheelbarrow bouncing over it, you possibly can reset it in minutes. Anticipate to tug an occasional weed rising up within the joints. Or for those who favor an English cottage look, encourage moss or different floor covers to develop within the joints.

Determine A: Path Particulars

The path is about on a number of inches of sand base and bordered by hidden panorama edging with the tube minimize off.

Anatomy of a path

Step 2: Select the trail supplies first

To realize the aged, timeless look, you’ll have to trace down previous road pavers. Should you’re fortunate, you could possibly salvage materials from an area venture. In any other case search for older supplies at a panorama provider or an architectural salvage retailer. You can even examine the categorised advertisements in your native paper underneath “Building Materials.” Anticipate to pay a greenback or extra apiece for previous pavers. The measurement varies nevertheless it often takes Four.5 to cowl a sq. foot. The granite cobblestone isn’t vintage; the stones have been run by means of a rock tumbler to make them look worn. We paid a premium for these. Determine on three cobbles per linear foot of path. Use strange washed concrete sand for the setting mattress. Determine on 1 cu. yd. per 80 sq. ft. of path. Have the pavers, cobbles and sand delivered. Use a “contractor’s grade” panorama edging for the border (Photograph Three). Purchase it from a panorama provider in 20-ft. strips which are saved flat. (In the event you gently bend every in half, you’ll be able to wrestle them right into a sedan with the home windows open.) They often include stakes, however purchase a couple of additional packs to carry the edging down higher. Don’t purchase the edging that’s coiled up in a field; it’s troublesome to uncoil and set easily.

You’ll want a few particular instruments to do first-class work: a hand tamper (Photograph 6) and a deadblow hammer or rubber mallet (Photograph 9). You will get these at a house middle. You’ll additionally want a Three-in. mason’s chisel and a Three-lb.hammer (Photograph 12) to separate the pavers. Then seize your yard shovels and wheelbarrow and go to work.

Step Three: Path format

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 1: Begin by laying out the trail

Lay out the trail on the grass with stakes and marking paint. Outline the sitting space first, the beginning and ending factors subsequent, after which join them.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Determine B: Measure the trail width

Make the trail the width of the cobbles plus a number of inches.

You need to use a backyard hose that will help you lay out your path. However Photograph 1 exhibits one other method. First dot the important thing beginning finish and middle factors, then join the dots with a clean line. Stakes work nicely to mark a curve, then merely join the stakes with paint (Photograph 1). Don’t fear about making errors with the paint; your subsequent mowing will erase them. Gradual curves work greatest; curves with a radius tighter than 5 ft. end in ugly vast gaps between the pavers. Plan your path width to the complete brick (Determine B), then add a couple of inches to the width of your excavation for wiggle room for the marginally wider spacing wanted on a curve. Make your path anyplace from 2 to three ft. broad. Something wider will look out of scale in a backyard setting.

Step Four: Roll up your sleeves and dig!

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 2: Dig out the trail

Dig the trail about 7 in. deep between the strains. Then reduce the sides vertically alongside the painted line on one aspect. Shave the underside flat.

Once you’re digging by way of sod, it’s all the time best to drive the shovel by means of the grass and push it into the excavation (Photograph 2). Whenever you’re on a slope, use gravity in your favor. Begin on the backside and again your approach up the hill. Use the blade of a round-nose shovel as a tough depth gauge. Stepping it virtually all the best way in is a few 7-in. depth. Roughly dig out your complete path, then shave one of many sides again to the paint line with an edging spade held vertically. Lastly, shave the underside flat with both shovel. You’ll be amazed at how a lot dust will come out of that slender little path. If attainable, discover a place for it onsite by constructing a berm or including soil round the home to enhance drainage. In any other case, roughly calculate the quantity of soil it’s a must to take away and lease a roll-off container for soil disposal.


Earlier than you dig, ask your native utility to find any buried strains. (Name 811 from anyplace within the nation.) Give the corporate a minimum of two days. In case you have buried electrical strains operating out to a storage or yard mild, flip off the circuit on the electrical panel when you dig. Additionally find any sprinkler heads and panorama lighting and dig rigorously round them.

Step 5: Setting the sting

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph Three: Set up edging

Set panorama edging alongside the vertical reduce edge. Splice sections by slicing away 7 in. of the highest tube, inserting a splice tube, then overlapping the sections.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph Four: Spike the edging to the sod

Maintain the highest of the tube about an inch above the sod and drive spikes each 5 ft. by way of the edging into the aspect of the excavation.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 5: Place the opposite aspect of the trail

Notch a 32-in. 1×6 board to the specified path width and use it as a information to trim the second aspect of the excavation. Set panorama edging alongside the second aspect.

The prime of the plastic panorama edging would be the completed peak of your path. Set it slightly greater than the encompassing garden or backyard so water will drain off the trail. Set the highest of the tube flush the place the trail meets a patio or driveway. The heavy-grade plastic edging will type a clean, flat floor, with out telegraphing the minor dips or bumps in your garden. Most edging has just a little lip on the underside to maintain it from creeping up (Photograph Three). Set this to the within of the trail. With one aspect spiked in place, minimize your screed board to the trail width and use it to area the edging on the other aspect (Photograph 5). Set this edging aspect about 1/2 in. larger or decrease to encourage drainage from the trail. On the Four-ft. broad seating space, permit a 1-in. peak distinction throughout the complete width.

Step 6: Tamp and screed the sand

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 6: Add sand

Fill the excavation with damp sand to a degree about Three in. under the highest of the tube. Compact the sand firmly with a hand tamper.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 7: Screed

Pull the screed board alongside the edging to degree and clean the sand Four in. under the highest of the tube. Fill and tamp any low spots.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph eight: Trim the tube

Reduce the tube off the highest of the plastic edging with a pointy utility knife. Hold the reduce at or barely under the soil degree to maintain it out of sight.

Now add sand to the excavation and compact it (Photograph 6). Though a motorized plate compactor works greatest, a hand tamper works wonderful for a small, casual path like this. The sand must be barely damp if you tamp it to assist it pack. Sprinkle it with water if it’s dry.

To flatten it, place the ears of the screed board on the edging and pull a ridge of sand down the trail, filling in any depressions as you go (Photograph 7). Work from the highest of the slope downhill. Whether or not you take away the edging tube is only a matter of aesthetics (Photograph eight). For those who don’t thoughts the looks of the tube, depart it on.

Seating Space

Work out the seating space dimensions by roughly laying out the sample in your driveway. Then set the sand base in the identical method as the trail, by putting edging on two sides to function screed guides. (Use an extended screed board.) Since you’ll be setting a bench on it, make the floor comparatively degree. Solely permit a 1-in. peak distinction from one aspect to the opposite. As a result of our challenge was on a slope, we needed to maintain the edging 2 in. above the sod on one aspect. Then after laying the pavers, we added soil to construct that edge up. Lay the pavers in staggered rows (a operating bond sample) that wraps across the sides. Begin on the outdoors and work your method round to the center. It’ll take a little bit of fiddling to get the pavers to suit. You’ll need to area some pavers as much as 1/Four in. aside and reduce a number of as nicely. The casual design permits for looser spacing. Sand will fill the gaps.

Seating area

Step 7: Setting the pavers

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 9: Set the pavers with staggered joints

Set the pavers starting on the most seen finish. Stagger the joints one-half paver. Set every one within the sand with a couple of whacks of a deadblow hammer.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 10: Modify the sand to suit the cobbles

Take away or add sand as wanted to accommodate the uneven thickness of the granite cobbles and to maintain the highest of the trail flat.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 11: Mark cuts in place

Measure the cuts by holding the paver in place and marking one edge. Use a sq. to increase the mark utterly across the paver.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 12: Minimize the paver

Lay the paver on the grass, set the chisel on the mark and rap it with a number of occasions with a Three-lb. hammer. Do the identical on all sides till it breaks.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Mason’s chisel

Use a Three-in. mason’s chisel to attain and reduce the pavers

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 13: Modify spacing

Disguise giant gaps as much as 1-1/2 in. by shifting adjoining pavers as much as 1/Four in. aside. Keep away from utilizing paver items lower than about 1-1/2 in. lengthy.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 14: Fill the edges

Fill in alongside the aspect of the trail with topsoil and tamp firmly together with your foot.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Photograph 15: Work sand into the gaps

Sweep sand over the trail, working it in till all of the joints are full. Avoid wasting sand to comb into the joints after the primary rain.

Laying the pavers will transfer shortly, particularly when you’ve got a helper feeding them to you. Begin the place you need the most effective match, often the place the trail meets a patio, stroll or driveway (Photograph 9). Set one aspect of the cobbles first and comply with together with the pavers, staggering every row by half a paver. As you’re employed your means by means of a curve, the stagger will change due to the broader radius on the outdoors of the curve. If the joints from row to row come inside 1 in., merely insert a half paver to extend the separation. The pavers will set in fairly uniformly, however you’ll in all probability have to regulate the peak of the cobbles slightly so their tops stay flush with the pavers (Photograph 10).

The greatest solution to reduce a paver is to separate it (Photograph 12), however it’s somewhat tough as a result of pavers are extraordinarily arduous. The ensuing ragged edge is in line with the worn and tumbled look. Work on a delicate floor just like the garden or a pile of sand. Strike the paver sharply on all sides with the chisel, turning it from the highest to the underside, then aspect to aspect. Maintain the chisel perpendicular to the face of the paver. Don’t attempt to cut up off something smaller than about 1-1/2 in. It simply gained’t break cleanly. As an alternative, to cope with gaps as much as 1-1/2-in. extensive, area six or eight pavers barely farther aside (Photograph 13). Lastly, save the cutoff items. Likelihood is you’ll be able to work them in someplace.

The final step is to fill the joints with sand. Sweep the sand into the joints, leaving a skinny layer on prime. Then let it dry and sweep it in once more, working the broom forwards and backwards till the joints are full (Photograph 15). Your path will want little or no upkeep; actually, it can simply proceed to look higher because it ages.


Add a backyard edging with additional cobbles to create flower beds and mix the trail and backyard into the yard. Depart the cobble tops barely above the bottom degree to create a pleasant edge for straightforward garden mowing.

  1. Reduce a clear 5 x 5-in. trench with an edging spade. Then add a couple of inches of sand.
  2. Push every cobblestone into the sand, leaving the highest about 1/2 in. above the mattress. Set it with a whack of a deadblow hammer.

Dig a trench

Place cobblestones

Required Instruments for this Undertaking

Have the required instruments for this DIY undertaking lined up earlier than you begin—you’ll save time and frustration.

You’ll additionally want an edging spade, Three lb. hammer, mason’s chisel, leather-based gloves, and hand tamper. Take a look at one other reasonably priced backyard path concept, too.

Required Supplies for this Undertaking

Keep away from last-minute buying journeys by having all of your supplies prepared forward of time. Right here’s an inventory.