If you are about to start laying a garden path then there are lots of things to take into consideration. First, ensure that you have read our ultimate guide to garden paths and have the best plan in place – a garden path is something that is often overlooked, but there is actually a huge amount of potential when it comes to making the most of your space.
When you are happy with your path plan and want to start laying then take a look at the tips below. We have put together a list of points to consider when laying a garden path that will ensure that your garden looks great when you are finished…
Laying a garden path…
– Ensure you are happy with your plan. Go back and zone areas one last time by plotting the major routes around your garden. Any form of hard landscaping is permanent and it’s important to make sure that your plan works around these.
– Mark out the planned path area with pegs and string and allow your eyes to travel around the space.
– When you’re ready to get started, a sub base is essential on load – bearing paths and unstable soils. The first thing to do is to dig down and remove all roots and debris. Make a 7.5cm (3in) layer of firmed hardcore.
If you’re laying…
Pavers: Start by laying them on a bed of sharp sand on top of the sub base. Then you can bed them in with a club hammer and brush the sand off to finish.
Stone and slabs: Prepare a bed of sand onto a sub base then add strips of mortar (one part cement to five parts sharp sand). Lay the paving, tamp down, ensuring that you check the levels regularly. Then insert 1cm (½in) spacers for two days. Fill the joints with a crumbly mortar mix and smooth just below the surface.
Bricks: Lay a bedding mortar over the sub base, around 2.5cm (1in) deep. Then brush a mortar mix into joints.
Wood chips: Compact soil and then lay a 5cm (2in) layer of bark over the top.
Gravel: This needs to be well bedded. First make a sub base from 10cm (4in) compacted hardcore and 5cm (2in) sand/coarse gravel and add your gravel layer 2.5cm (1in) thick.
Finally it’s time to edge paths your path with softwood. First soak it in water to make it pliable enough to be bent and nailed to 30cm (12in) long pegs hammered into the ground.