Building a stone walkway can be easy.
I recently built a stone walkway to my front door. I had been using small river rock as my walkway for several years but never really liked how it looked nor how difficult the river rocks are to walk on. They are constantly shifting under a persons weight.
When I began the project, I was simply curious how hard it would be to build a stone walkway. I wasn't sure if I would need cement to secure the stones or if I would dig holes or maybe I would just place the rocks on top of the ground.
I had some stones laying around and simply tossed a couple on the ground. After seeing how the rocks looked just sitting on the ground, I decided that my rocks weren't the kind for an above ground walkway. Big flat rocks are the best for these.
How to decide what rocks to use? I picked ones that had at least 1 flat side, were hard enough not to break or crumble when walked on, were large but not too big for me to handle. The bigger ones are less likely to shift and to rise up above the surface after you've got them positioned well. I've found that rocks with 1 flat side and a protruding opposite side work well. When you bury the protruding side, it serves as an anchor or stabilizer.
Since my rocks were all different shapes and sizes, I decided to partially bury my rocks and let the flattest side be exposed. Cement was out of the question because I was going for the simple cabin look..
So here it is:
Building a simple walkway directions are about as complicated as shampoo directions: Dig hole, put rocks in, repeat. Okay, it's not that simple but it's close.
Instead of just digging any hole, the fun for me in this project was trying to dig the perfect hole for the particular rock that I was planning on placing. This involves looking at the rock on all its sides and determining which side to expose. Then make a guesstimate of the size and shape hole and start digging. I buried my rocks so their flattest side protruded just a bit above the surface of the surrounding river rock. River rock is not necessary as a base. However, rocky soil underneath and around the big rocks helps the soil to drain. This reduces the mud factor.
A little shovel or hammer can help dig out smaller parts so you can more easily shape the hole to fit the rock.
If the hole isn't perfect, fill it in or dig it out some more, whatever it needs. Keep fooling around with the size/shape of the hole until the rock just slides into place. You'll know it when the rock's right.
Materials Needed for the Stone Walkway Project: Stones.
Tools Needed: Shovel, gloves, safety glasses, and perhaps a small handheld shovel or a hammer.
Most Frequently Asked Question: Where do I get the stones? Lots of places sell stones, just look up "stones" "rocks" "landscaping" or "quarry" in your yellow pages. If you're lucky, you live near springs and creeks where you can gather your own rocks. . Never carry more than you can comfortably handle. Your back is more precious than a walkway can ever be.
Second Most Frequently Asked Question? Isn't this hard work? Yes, especially if you choose to gather and carry your own rocks. However, don't try to do it in one day. I spread my work over a month's time. I used it to relax in the evening when I came home from work. Walk to the creek, carry up a few rocks, dig some holes and creatively position the rocks. THERAPY.
If a rock isn't fitting like you want or the walkway is not looking like you want, take a break. Come back tomorrow and try your luck again.
It was a thrill when I got close to done and my friends and family came to visit. There's nothing better than seeing people use and enjoy your hard work. I have a feeling this walkway will greet a lot more people than I'll ever get a chance to.
Oh yeah, thanks to my good buddy Jeff Norman. He carried a bunch of rocks too! We treated it like a trip to the gym.
leaning book shelf barn renovation into a wood flooring shop shed makeover flower box multi-species cutting board simple wood swing plans s awhorse plans stuffwedo.com home