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A Step-by-Step Guide to Laying a Gravel Path

Now that the weather is improving and lots of us have extra time at home during the coronavirus lockdown, it's an ideal time to start getting your garden in shape. Creating a gravel path can totally transform any outdoor space, giving both practical and aesthetic value.

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Here we present a brief step-by-step guide to creating a stunning garden path using decorative stone aggregates from Greengate's, your local builders merchant.

  • Choosing Materials. To achieve professional results, you need to choose materials of impeccable quality. Greengate's supply a superlative collection of decorative stone aggregates and edging, all of which are available at the most competitive price. 
  • Marking Out. There are lots of ways to do this but by far the quickest, easiest and most effective is to use a line marker. Greengate's is a proud supplier of a 30m chalk line marking tool, designed and manufactured by leading brand Stanley.­ 
  • Creating an Edging Trench. Carefully dig out an edging trench: the depth will vary according to soil type, upstand and edging height required. Compact the base using a rake.
  • Laying Foundations. At the base of the trench, add appro­ximately a 10cm depth of concrete. Smooth with a trowel and re-check levels.
  • Bedding In. After the concrete is fully set, install string lines to guide the path's edges. Use an even layer of mortar to bed in edging stones. When finished, use a protective plastic sheet in case of rain.
  • Supporting Edging. Once the mortar has set, secure the edging with additional concrete. Create a slope leading away from the path using a trowel: this important step will improve drainage. 
  • Clearing Debris. Remove all soil, turf, vegetation and other debris, up to a depth of 15cm. Failure to complete this step will result in the final path surface being uneven.
  • Compacting Soil. This can be achieved with a rake on smaller paths. Larger paths may require the use of a garden roller or vibrating plate.
  • Adding Landscaping Fabric. Geotextile weed suppressant fabric, available from Greengate's, is designed to prevent the growth of weeds while still permitting air and water to permeate freely.
  • Adding Decorative Stone Aggregates. Distribute the aggregate along the full length of the path to an overall depth of 3-5cm. Use a rake to spread the aggregate evenly.

That's it! Your new path is ready to enjoy.

Discover the complete collection of decorative stone aggregates, along with all the ancillary products required to create stunning garden landscaping, on the Greengate's website.

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