The path I want to create will be bold where excitement is key and understated where I want calm. How you say? Its all in the matrix.
Bold is red breeze and creamy white steps. Under-stated is stone dropped in grass.
I went with red breeze on the central axis over the bridge to guide viewers through the taller prairie grass. The base on the western side was dug 4″ deep and filled. The base was tamped and a snow storm provided the perfect amount of moisture to create solid surface for the 4 inch thick stone.
- Edging / Base depth. Keeps grass and weeds from coming up through the walkway. If you don’t want an edging material you can dig down 4″ down the width and length of the walkway. If you prefer to save your back for moving walkway materials, then you can install edging that is at least 3″ tall to hold base materials.
- Landscape fabric. Many professional landscapers will cringe at this step. Trust me, working in a yard that used a lot of the thick landscape materials (including stuff I installed) can be a total pain if you want to change an area and need to dig into it. I’ve migrated to using a finer material that will break down in a couple seasons after the walkway has been sufficiently compressed.
- Lay down base. Depending on the thickness of your stone, lay down enough base for the stone and base to equal the height of your chosen edging. In my case I have 4″ for the overall thickness of the walkway. Some of my stone is 4″ thick on its own. I intend the center point of the walkway to lay higher than the sides so that run off from this semi impermeable surface will run back into the plant beds on either side. The base is 1″ thick under the stone.
The eastern side will be dug over the winter as we get moisture.
Per Jensen’s 3″ deep (road Base/Breeze/fines) – 65 sq. ft. per yard
- 20 linear feet of a 3′ wide walkway