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 to make a decorative pathway that you can buy at a home improvement store.
When we knew we wanted to create some kind of path in the side yard of our lake house, I wanted to find a way to do it that was not going to be labor intensive or expensive.
A simple, yet functional outdoor yard improvement project was all that was needed.
I came up with a plan to make a simple paver walkway that would curve from our deck to our hot tub using square stone pavers that can be bought inexpensively at the home improvement store.
I got the idea for this simple paver stone walkway from a wider walkway I DIY’ed at my previous house. You can read more on this wider walkway I created later on in this post.
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.
I was a bit overwhelmed, thinking when and how would we use all of them? Over the next few months 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!
These knife-like tools came with cases so when we were done they were easy to store safely.
How to Create a Simple Paver Stone Walkway in a Lawn or Yard
- Brick paving stones or flat natural stones like slate
- Fiskars machete
- Work gloves
- You will feel like a samurai using a Fiskars machete to cut out squares of grass the same size and depth as the pavers.
- Once the square of grass is cut and removed. Place a paver into the cut-out area.
- Move to the next spot where you want a paver to go and repeat the process.
3. This made the top of the paver level with the grass and easy for the lawnmower 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.
TIP: Use the squares of cut-out grass as sod in worn areas around other sections in your yard.
Simple Walkway With River Rocks and Stepping Stones
You can cut out a section of yard, lay down landscaping cloth down. Place pavers where you would like and fill with stones.
How to Build a Wider Brick and State Walkway
Before we moved from our previous house, I redid the small brick and slate walkway when we were getting the house ready to sell. I had DIY’ed it 18 years prior.
I created it to spruce up the outdoor living space and as a place for the gas grill. It required no mortar or masonry skills, just sand, bricks, slate, time and effort.
- Bags of play sand
- Bricks or brick pavers
- Slate pavers or concrete pavers
- Landscape fabric and pins
- Shovel, rake, and broom
- Hose connected to water
- Figure out the length and width of the walkway or patio you want and mark off the perimeter.
- Remove enough dirt so the depth of your stones will be level with the area around the patio.
- Tap dirt down to create a level surface. If you have a plate compactor, this is pretty easy to do. Depending on the grade of the area, one side may need more digging out to make sure the area you will be placing the stones is level.
- Add a layer of weed barrier landscaping fabric.
- Add a layer of sand to create a sand bed – 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.
- For a finishing touch, repeat this step again in a few days and fill in any spaces with more sand as needed and lightly spray with water.
What Are the Best Yard and Garden Tools to Have for Basic Yard Work
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 lawn, yard, trees and bushes to maintain? What is your favorite tool to get them looking their best – trimmed, pruned and the job done?
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