How to properly make paths in a garden

You will need
  • – sand;
  • – paving material;
  • – ruberoid;
  • – drainage.

Before starting work on the construction of paths, consider the layout of their placement. If you have a large number of regular style elements in the design of your garden, the paths should be straight. Landscape styles suggest the presence of winding paths in the garden. To ensure that the selected location is correct, sprinkle the future track with sand and walk through it.


Depending on the function that the track will perform, determine its width. It is recommended to make the main garden recreational thoroughfares at least a meter wide. For paths providing access to the working areas of the garden, it is enough half a meter wide, allowing a person to pass with tools or carry a wheelbarrow.


Pick up the material with which the track will be paved. For the regular garden, paving tiles with rough surface will be suitable. If your garden is colonial-style, make soft paths of wood chips, rubble, pebbles, wooden decking or spils. For paving, it is better to choose larch, as it is a fairly durable type of wood. There are concrete imitations of wood spices. For the country style garden paths, clinker bricks are suitable.


The thickness of the track material depends on the load that this element of garden decor will experience. For walking paths, select a material about five centimeters thick. Parking, driveway and utility area will require a thickness of seven to ten centimeters.


In the place where the track will be located, remove the ground by providing a slope for water runoff. The depth of the excavation depends on the thickness of the drainage layer. There is enough drainage of ten to fifteen centimeters thick for the walkways, and about twenty centimeters will be required for the driveways and the economic zone. Tram the bottom of the resulting trench and stash it with ruberoid or geotextile.


Make a drainage cushion. For this purpose, a layer of rubble, slag, broken brick or gravel will be suitable. On top of the streamed drainage, fill a five-centimetre layer of sand and line it.


Stow the material selected for paving the track. Methods of laying it may vary, with stone slabs generally placed on concrete, clinker brick and paving tiles on sand. When laying wooden decking or spils, the gaps between them are filled with stone crumb. Before stacking, treat the tree with a composition that prevents rotting. The surface of the paved track should be four centimeters above the ground level.

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