My husband went out of town for a week. My goal was to finish one project before he got back and I managed three with the help of my kids.
I wanted a path from our new stairs on the deck to the lawn to keep down the mud and divert traffic away from the sprinkler head. My first choice was to use a concrete path mold that I have, but the small area would have been too difficult to work in especially around the steps and local Azalea bushes. I took my daughter to Home Depot to have a look around. We chose these flat paver bricks at around 60¢ each. I had some perforated bricks (fired bricks with holes in the middle) on hand that I used for the edging. I initially bought 40 to help gauge how many I would need, and three bags of paving sand to level areas and use as filler.
I had a lot of weedy, spongy root mass to remove in this area, along with some root removal. We mainly used a hand tool with a weed hoe and cultivator in one-I don’t know the name of it. It was the perfect size to bury the perforated bricks level with the paving brick, and is a gem to use in removing the spongy root mess. Unfortunately I stepped on it and broke the handle. It was a cheap tool I have had for several years.
I started out with the paving bricks on level soil. I didn’t worry too much about having to compact the soil or having a gravel and sand base. With this just being a simple garden path I think any unevenness will add charm and character. There were quite a few high and low spots and we worked with what we had. After laying out the supplies we had I guesstimated that we needed another 48. I went over by 15-better than under and another trip to the store! After we laid out the path we took the perforated bricks used for edging and buried them *somewhat* level with the paver bricks. When we got near the stairs I had my daughter begin filling the gaps with the sand mix. There simply wasn’t enough room for two.
I had to improvise around the steps. With the big roots from a nearby tree and some substantial ones from nearby Azaleas and the sprinkler system it didn’t fit as neatly as I would have liked.
I added some pine bark mulch and that helped a great deal with how it visually looks. There are areas where I need to lift some bricks and add more sand. The perforated bricks are taking up a lot of sand as well with it washing into the holes. I think this will be a summer long project of picking up sand and adding it as needed until all the crevices get filled and things settle in.
Comments are always welcomed and appreciated-and hey if you know what that garden tool is called let me know-I need a replacement!
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