Do more than get from A to B with our guide to laying a stylish gravel path.
A garden path is a practical addition to any garden and can double as low-maintenance design feature to make the most of your outdoor space. Follow our simple guide to laying a gravel path to get your garden summer ready.
Preparing the foundation
Before you can start to lay the path, you'll need to prpare the sub-base - a layer of compacted broken bricks and stones, known as hardcore, that will provide the foundation for the path. Mark out the outline of the path using builder's lines attached to wooden pegs. Remove the top soil by cutting the turf in strips with a spade and roll it up. Next, dig the area to 100mm deep and use marker pegs to mark the height that the finished hardcore should reach. Tip enough hardcore to come just above the top of the marker pegs and compact it using an earth rammer. Cover the surface with a thin coat of sharp sand or all-in-ballast and rake it level.
Next, mark out your concrete footings for the kerb using builder's lines attached to wooden pegs. These footings need to be a width of about 75mm from each side of the kerb and dug to a minimum depth of 75mm. Hammer in marker pegs at 1m intervals down the length of the dug out footings so that the pegs stand 75mm above the excavated ground.