Our verandah opens out to the back garden and there are about four steps down to the garden, with a few metres across to a large round garden which is surrounded by boxed hedges and roses and positioned right in the middle of the backyard.  We decided to add a small garden path from the back stairs to the round garden.  Today I have some simple steps to create your own garden path.

DIY - Garden Path

What you will need:

  • Timber to frame the path/edging peg/nail
  • Garden pavers
  • Toppings (Dromana toppings)
  • Whacker
  • Hammer
  • Wheelbarrow or bobcat, rake, broom and shovel
  • Water
  • Tape measure/marker
  • Saw to cut the timber to size

 

DIY - Garden Path

 

DIY - Garden Path

Step 1

Measure and cut the timber to frame your garden path and fix into place.  You can use a garden edge picket from your local hardware store or simply nail into place at either end.  Measure out the placement of your pavers and mark the timber for the position of where you will place them.  This will help you see where they have to go back for final placement after you take them out to fill in the base.

To make the path flush with the lawn you can dig out the depth of the pavers and the timber edging, or alternatively place a weed mat underneath.

Step 2

Remove the pavers and start to fill your path with half of the toppings only and then place your pavers into position, referring to the markings you made on the timber edging.

DIY - Garden Path

Step 3

Once in position place the remainder of your toppings over the path, rake the toppings evenly over your path.  Lightly spray the path with water to settle the toppings and use a whacker to compound the toppings.  If you don’t have a whacker, you can use a piece of heavy timber to compact your path.  Once the toppings have settled in you may need to add some more.

 

DIY - Garden Path

 

DIY Garden path

 

DIY - Garden Path

 

DIY Garden path

This was such a simple and easy path, we have used the same style at the front of our home with boxed hedges either side of the path leading up to the front door and also along the side of our house.

Being on a rural property it is quick and easy and gives the garden a more formal appearance.   Do you have any tips for a DIY garden path?