A stone garden path can be a charming addition to any backyard. It adds a rustic and organic element to your garden, so you feel like you are walking through lush green woods instead of a man-made garden. With the right products, you can create a beautiful path that’s a pleasure to take a leisurely walk on.
How to Lay a Stone Garden Path?
You don’t need advanced masonry skills or experience to lay down a simple garden path. There are different ways to go about the installation process, and you can choose an easy, straightforward technique for it. Here’s a look at the most convenient process:
- Clear the area of the path and mark the borders. You will need to remove any grass, plants, or large stones in the installation site before preparing the ground.
- Make sure the ground is as level as you can make it, as that will provide a strong foundation for the stones. You may need to excavate the path a little to make sure the path is flush against the surface once the project is complete.
- Add landscaping fabric to the level surface to provide a strong base for your gravel and sand layer.
- Add a layer of gravel and sand, which will hold all of the rocks in place. Make sure this layer of sand and gravel is level. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but a flat surface is ideal for this type of installation.
- Once the sand and gravel surface is level, you can place the stones. Ensure the stones are aligned properly and there are no large gaps between them.
- Fill the gaps with sand and gravel to keep all of the stones in place.
As you can see, the process is fairly straightforward and can be done over a weekend. You won’t even need any specialized tools.
Supplies Needed for the Stone Garden Path
You will need tools like stakes, string, wheelbarrow, shovel, flat spade, hand tamper, utility knife, small sledgehammer, and carpenter’s level for this job. Other essential supplies include:
- Sand and gravel mix suitable for stone paths or walkways.
- Flagstones are relatively flat and they will provide an even surface for your path.
- Regular stones for edging.
- Landscape fabric and staples.
Contact an experienced landscaping professional if you want some assistance with your stone garden path. They will provide a list of materials to use and offer guidelines on how to get the right effect. You can also ask them for some assistance on the matter. They will ask questions about your landscape, look at the inspiration images, consider your budget, and offer advice.