Key tips to remember for building your natural walkway - HMS National, Inc.

Key tips to remember for building your natural walkway

June 6, 2014

Whether it's leading to your backyard garden, pool, or to your own front door, nothing guides the way quite like a walkway paved with natural materials, from stone and gravel, to slate or even wooden blocks. 

No matter what style you choose, though, you'll likely want to choose the "path" of least resistance. In other words, building a walkway that's professional looking that you don't have to re-do because of a mistake along the way.

These tips from DIY Network can help guide you in the right direction.

1. Be mindful of the weather. Say that you've decided on a stone walkway. There are many types of stone available, but you'll want to choose the one that holds up well under various weather conditions. For example, if you live in a cold climate, the best stones are those that are dense, like granite, bluestone or quartzite. However, if your neck of the woods is warm, more porous stones are better, specifically sandstone or limestone.

2. Determine what you want out of your walkway. How you foresee your walkway being used - and how often - should determine how it's crafted. For example, if the walkway is for the garden or backyard, it's better to have the stones widely spaced rather than narrow. But if many feet will be using it, the walkway should ideally be tight at the corners with a smooth surface to ensure that tripping is never an issue.

3. Outline the path. It's pretty difficult to lay down stone, gravel or wood without having a blueprint that guides you. With a yardstick and string or outlining the area with spray paint, you can ensure that you don't go outside the lines, which is important to avoid to make it look as professional as possible.

4. Prep the base. If you're using stone, they'll need to be securely fitted into the ground to keep them from slipping. With a garden trowel or shovel, dig about an inch into the ground. Once you remove the sod, add sand. This will help keep the stones stationary as you lay them down.

DIY Network has videos to watch that can give you a clearer picture of the path-building process.

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