If you have ever been into someone else’s back yard and seen a beautifully paved path winding through flowerbed after flowerbed, you will know that it is difficult not to be enchanted by it.
Whether they have a modern feel or a classic and traditional appeal, brick paths can undoubtedly add another dimension to any garden or yard, and better still laying brick pathway is a task that you can undertake on your own. Simple if you stick to step by step instructions, laying brick pathway is in fact a much easier task than it is often given credit for.
Choose Your Path
There is one step that you need to take before you actually start laying brick and that is actually choosing your path. There is any number of patterns, styles and shapes of bricks to choose from. For example, you could have a straight path of one specific colour with bricks that are laid straight.
You could have a winding path with bricks that are slanted in one direction. You may see something you like in someone else’s yard or in a magazine and want to copy it, which you can providing that you know the basics of laying brick pathway.
You will need a whole day when laying brick pathway and will also need to make sure that the weather is fine if you want to actively make sure that the pathway remains in place and in the best possible condition for years to come. When you have chosen your day, follow the guide below to quickly and easily lay your pathway.
Laying Your Bricks
1. First things first, you have to dig the path itself so you have somewhere to lay it. Plan out where you intend laying brick pathway. You should dig around 6 inches deeper before flattening the ground and making sure that it is completely level so that you can lay your bricks. Measure your pathway out properly and place 2 by 4s at the edges to keep the bricks level.
2. Use a little string and wooden stakes to mark the pathway in order to give you enough room to work when laying brick pathway but also to keep others off it. After all, you have to make sure that it is allowed to set properly.
3. Line the bottom or the excavation with landscaping fabric to prevent weeds coming up after you have spent all that time laying brick pathway. Weeds not only ruin the visual effect but also disturb the brickwork.
4. Line the bottom of the excavation with a layer of road base or gravel next to ensure that it is ready to support the bricks. Make sure that it is level before adding a layer of sand. The sand will offer a stable but softer base for the bricks. Again, level off the sand base and then move on to the final step.
5. Laying brick pathway is the final step. If you need half bricks then use a brickset to cut them. Simply lay all of the bricks as tightly as you can, leaving no more than an eighth of an inch. You should then shake a little sand over the bricks to fill even the smallest gaps before allowing the bricks to set for between 24 and 48 hours. Only then is it ready for use.
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