Turn a worn path in your yard where the grass won’t grow into a DIY in a day simple paver stone walkway. No special DIY skills needed, just ready-made stepping stones that you can buy at a home improvement store and a shovel.
Simple Paver Stone Walkway
The outdoor yard improvement project that made the biggest impact in my yard this summer was creating a simple stone paver walkway that extends from the garage to the side yard.
When we knew we wanted to create some kind of path in the side yard of our lake house, I knew I wanted to find a way to do it that was not going to be labor intensive. I came up with a plan to make a simple walkway using square stone pavers that can be bought inexpensively at the home improvement store.
How to Create a Simple Paver Stone Walkway in a Lawn or Yard
- Stone Pavers
- Fiskars Machete
Back in the spring, I received a line up of Fiskars garden tools. There was a Machete, Hatchet, Billhook Saw, Billhook, Power Gear Pruners, and a Lopper. The knife-like tools came with cases that make them easy and safe to store.
I was a bit overwhelmed, thinking when and how would we use all of them? Over the summer I found a use for every single one. I am in AWE of how easy these tools made doing some pretty tough jobs and projects around the yard literally…1…2…3… EASY!
We bought the stone pavers at The Home Depot. Ed felt like a samurai using a Fiskars machete to cut out squares of grass the same size as the pavers. Once the grass was cut and removed, I placed a paver into the cut-out area. EZ!
This made the top of the paver, level with the grass and easy for the lawn mower to go over. We had the paver stone walkway done in one afternoon. I am not sure how we would have done it without the awesome Fiskars machete.
We used the squares of cut out grass as sod in worn areas around other sections in the yard.
I got the idea for this paver stone walkway from a patio I DIY’ed at my previous house. Below is how I created that, again not needing special skills, just a a few simple tools.
How to Build a Small Brick and State Patio
Before we moved from our previous house, I asked Ed if he could redo the small brick and slate patio when we were getting the house ready to sell. I had DIY’ed 18 years prior. I created it as a place for the gas grill. It required no mortar, just sand, bricks, slate, time and effort.
- Bags of play sand
- Bricks and Slate pavers
- Landscape fabric and pins
- Shovel, rake, and broom
The steps to create the small patio are pretty basic:
- Remove dirt in area you want patio.
- Tap dirt down to create a level surface.
- Add a layer landscaping fabric.
- Add a layer of sand – tap to level.
- Draw layout pattern of bricks and slate pavers on paper.
- Start from foundation of house and start laying bricks and slate pavers, leaving about 1/2″ between each.
- Once all bricks and slate pavers are in place, pour sand over spaces between the bricks and pavers. Push sand into the spaces using a broom.
- Using a garden hose on the sprinkle or mist setting, wet the entire area to allow sand to settle. Repeat this step again in a few days and fill in any spaces with more sand as needed.
On the day that Ed started the job of removing all the bricks so he could flatten the sand and then re-lay the bricks and slate back down, I was not home. When I came home, I remember coming into the back yard to find him all sweaty with dirt all over him. When he saw me, he said… You did this before… by yourself?
It was hard and labor intensive, but I was 18 years younger when I did it. Ed got the job done later the next day and it helped to get the house sold.
What Are the Best Yard and Garden Tools to Have for Basic Yard Work
This weekend, I will be getting the pruners and loppers back out to cut back the herbs in the chalk painted pots I posted about earlier this week and some of the flowers growing in the planters on the deck.
For the tools with blades, one chop and the roots, stumps, weeds were cut and easy to remove.
I had never heard of a billhook before, have you?
When it came time to remove roots from trees that grow out along the lake shore, the billhooks made it feel like we were chopping though pieces of cardboard, not thick tree roots. I removed stumps around the yard with a few karate-chops! Who knew? The billhook is my new tool of choice for yard and garden clean up.
Yard work…it sometimes feels like it is never ending, but as they saying goes…having the right tool, makes the job easier. :-)
Do you do have a yard, trees and bushes to maintain? What is your favorite tool to get them trimmed, pruned and the job done?