What’s the best thing to have in your front yard leading to your front door or in your garden? A decorative and well-crafted path or walkway! A beautiful front walkway can greatly increase your home’s front door appeal. A good walkway also flows with your garden’s overall design scheme. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran DIYer, walkways aren’t difficult, can be finished over the weekend, and won’t cost a fortune. When selecting garden rocks for sale, you can buy affordably in bulk for that simple walkway design in your mind.
Please take note that the tips and tricks we present are for simple DIY walkway projects involving materials such as traditional stepping stones, thyme with stepping stones, gravel with large stones, lava rocks, mulch, and even pallet wood, wood slice, bamboo, and tumbled glass.
Should you choose materials that involve stamped/stencilled concrete, pure concrete, pavers, mosaic pebble, and bluestone, these are for more intricate walkways that involve careful planning, more than a weekend, a bigger budget, and more research.
These are the essential tools you need for simple DIY walkway projects. Do your research first for the materials you choose in case you may need any additional tool.
- Drywall saw
- Garden rake
- Wheelbarrow or dolly
- Garden trowel
Preparing the path/walkway
- Once you’ve marked the path of the walkway, including the length and width:
- Use spacer sticks cut to the width of the garden path as guides when you set the edges, so you don’t keep whipping out the tape measure.
- Rent or borrow a gas-powered sod cutter to remove grass if the path is long. If the path is short, use the garden spade to remove the sod.
- Set the edging so it ends up an inch above the filling material.
- Cover the soil with landscape fabric to prevent weeds and also prevent the filling material from mixing with the soil. Don’t use plastic as this will collect water and create a flooded path.
- If you’re buying gravel, sand, mulch, and other filling materials in bulk, have it delivered straight where it can be dumped and ready to be spread.
- If you want a solid path that a wheelbarrow can roll on, select crushed stone and tamp it down after levelling.
- Plastic landscape edging is cheap and easy to install.
- Steel or aluminium edging makes for a crisp edge that gives a neat appearance. However, they’re hard to bend on sloped walkways.
- Brick and stone borders are attractive and versatile, but need more time and work to install.
- Landscape timbers are economical and useful for building shallow steps for sloping walkways.
Before anything else, plan everything out first down to the selection and purchase of materials. Make sure to do thorough research of everything before you even buy a single stone.
To be doubly sure, you can ask advice from Labrador Landscape
Even simple DIY walkways come down to selecting the right type of mulch or bark, sand, pebbles, rocks, fillers, and even base, concrete, or additives. The garden experts at Labrador Landscape Supply will be happy to help and advice while you keep to your budget. Call us at 07 5537 2841 because we have the best garden rocks for sale or go to https://landscape-supply.com.au/ and see what we have in store.