How to lay a garden path
Laying a garden path
A path is an integral component to the look and appeal of a garden, as well as being a great practical addition. It will wind its way past your favourite flowerbeds, and connect your home with patios, sheds or decking. A well planned garden path will draw the eye and look superb in any garden.
This guide covers how to lay a garden path into an existing lawn using three popular materials:
- A gravel path is a quick and easy way to achieve an attractive, natural looking path which is low maintenance
- Paving slabs are ideal for areas of heavy traffic and are an opportunity to get a bit creative with sizes, shapes and materials for your path
- Block paving also offers a chance to use bricks of different colours and styles
Carefully plan your pathway. Think about its position in the garden, the materials you’ll need, the type of soil you’ll be digging into, and whether or not you may need to cut any paving slabs to size. If your path is going to be on ground that’s prone to waterlogging, you may need to increase the depth of your sub-base layer.
Because laying a path often involves lifting and moving heavy slabs, it’s usually best to ask someone to help you. Wear suitable footwear and gloves when digging, and when handling slabs, sand, gravel, or cement. If you are using a wacker plate, then wear ear defenders and steel toe-capped boots.
When using a mortar mix or Slablayer, wear a dust mask, safety goggles and protective gloves, and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Wet and dry cement can cause skin irritation so please handle carefully and immediately wash off any cement that accidentally makes contact with your skin.