How to Layout Curving or Irregular Walkways
Constructing curved walkways can seem like a difficult home improvement job. A great deal of patience, effort and attention to detail are necessary to create an aesthetically pleasing and professional looking path.
Step 1 – Marking the Walkway
Choose the plan for your new curved walkway. Mark the path with your chalk. Be sure the pathway has the same width throughout.
Step 2 – Digging the Walkway
Turn a six inch depth of the sod along the outer edges with the spade. Use a shovel to remove the sod inside the area.
Step 3 – Compacting the Soil
Visit a local rental shop to rent a tamper. Use the tamper to compact the soil where the pavers will be laid.
Step 4 – Laying the Walkway Base
Lay a two inch thick base of crushed stone over the compacted soil. Use the tamper to compact the stone. Lay another layer of two inch stone and compact it. Layer a third layer of two inch stone and compact it as well.
Step 5 – Laying the Pavers
Lay the pavers for the curved walkway, beginning at the middle of the path. Follow the design you planned for the pavers. Leave a half inch space between each of the pavers.
Step 6 – Cutting the Curved Pavers
Use the brick saw to cut the pavers that will fit the curves of the walkway. Place the pavers into the walk way first. Mark a line on the paver where it will need to be cut. Remove the paver and make the necessary cut to it.
Sep 7 – Finishing the Walkway
Lay all of lthe pavers into the walkway. Pour sand over the pavers. Use a broom to sweep the sand into the spaces.