Are paver walkways or gravel walkways easier to install? Are paver walkways or gravel walkways easier to install?

In general, gravel walkways are easier to install than those made with pavers. Both methods, however, require a fair amount of preparatory work, so it's not simply a matter of pouring out a load of gravel and smoothing it out. In both cases, the level of the ground must be taken down from 4 to 6 inches so the final walkway is level with an existing walkway, grass or other surface.

Pavers vs. Gravel

In order to keep a gravel walkway orderly, a retaining form should be installed along the perimeter once the dirt has been removed and the ground flattened to make way for the gravel. Pavers require a flat ground followed by a porous weed mat and a bed of sand. Once the form is in place, dump the gravel in and smooth it out. Pavers require patterned placement and leveling, so gravel walkways are much easier.

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