A neatly laid pathway can complement any garden. You can even choose to leave rustic grass patches between the pavers, or you may prefer the fully-paved look. Using the right tools, the average homeowner can construct their own dry sub-structure using sand, or go for a wet mortar finish. If you are not practical when it comes to DIY, rather find a bricklayer on Mr-Skill and let them do the job expertly for you.
What You’ll Need
If you don’t already have them, buying what you require for this job could end up costing far more than getting a bricklaying quote from Mr-Skill in the first place. Now is a good time too, with some sizzling special offers around! If you are going ahead yourself, you will need:
- Building shovel
- Spirit level
- Plastic ribbon
- Edging stakes
- Builder’s sand
- Rubber mallet
- Compactor – probably best to hire this
- Paving stones for your new path
Start out by laying out your pathway, as you feel led. Now, hammer the stakes into the ground at the starting point. Follow with stakes placed about four feet apart down the one side of your path. To ensure consistent width, use the plastic ribbon to measure across the path for the stakes on the opposite side.
You are now ready to start excavating the soil and grass between the stakes. Use your shovel to do so, clearing to a depth of around 6 inches. Remove the surplus soil and grass using your wheelbarrow.
Check your levels within the newly excavated area, remembering to slope the path away from your house to avoid water pools forming when it rains.
Now you are ready to compact the newly marked and excavated path. Continue using the compactor until the sub-soil is firm. You now need to cover the excavated area with a 2-inch bed of gravel. The path is now ready to have another-2 inch topping of builder’s sand which will need wetting before final compaction.
Finishing With Paving Stones
Position the pavers in your desired pattern and tap each new stone into place with your mallet. Aim to get neighbouring pavers tightly up against those already laid. Throw a final covering of the builder’s sand over your new pathway, and gently wash this into the gaps between your pavers.
One of our regular London bricklayers tells us that he gets a kick out of laying a meandering pathway. Curves are much better than straight lines, and this also makes your new path that bit more inviting too.