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How to Make Gravel Path
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So long as you have a flat site, gravel makes an effective path that looks attractive in both informal and formal gardens. It is attractive, quick to lay, economical and, if you change you mind at a later date, it can be easily dismantled. The secret is to keep the gravel in place. Suitable edgings include: brick, pressure-treated timber such as gravel boards or concrete kerbstones. If plants are going to spill over on to the gravel path, there is no need to spend a lot on the edging as it will be hidden. Fine gravel or pea-shingle (1cm diameter) looks great but it gets everywhere and can be used as cats' litter, so compare the appearance with larger grades such as 2cm to see if the larger size will work for the scale of your path.
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An edging material of your choice plus relevant fixings e.g. 3.8cm wooden pegs to hold timber in place, mortar for bricks; gravel such as 1cm grade, allow 40kg per sq m; hardcore/rubble plus larger gravel. Hoggin (a mixture of clay and stones) is an alternative to larger gravel but is hard to obtain. Tools: spade; rake; pegs and string; plus for timber edging, a hammer and nails. It is also useful to have a wheelbarrow to move the gravel around. Optional: black plastic sheeting.
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Mark out the position of the path with pegs and string if you want straight lines. Make the path a generous width that is enough for two people to pass each other, if space allows.
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Use a sharp spade to excavate around 10-15cm down. Level the ground with the back of a rake and then apply a liquid weedkiller.
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Put the edgings in position. When using timber boards, nail these to wooden pegs inserted at 2m intervals along the outside of the path.
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Add 2-3cm deep layer of hardcore, firm down then add 5cm deep layer of larger gravel or hoggin and firm down well. Alternatively, firm down the ground and spread black plastic sheeting. This should be laid before you put in board edging, so that the boards hold down the edges of the plastic.
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Cover the path with 2-3cm deep layer of gravel such as pea shingle. Spread it evenly with the back of a garden rake. Watering the gravel using a watering can fitted with a fine rose or dribble bar will improve its appearance.
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Mark out path edges on the ground
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Install an edging to keep gravel in place
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Rake a layer of gravel over the path base

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