Enough already. With April bringing a record amount of rainfall in Ohio, certain non grassy areas of our backyard have turned into some serious mud pits. The nastiness of it all is compounded when we let our four legged stud out three times a day. that equals twelve muddy paws everyday. We simply could not take it anymore and something had to be done. So we went after the main culprit, a 17' x 4' walkway (in most areas) that runs between the house and detached garage and leads from the deck out to the open backyard.
We noticed that this area hardly ever sees much daylight being up against the garage and covered by our huge maple tree so growing and maintaining grass would be a tough task. Thats when we turned to the idea of a paver walkway.
We did some research online and found plenty of helpful sources. We'll break our process down step by step.
1st - We measured the square footage in which the walkway would be. To get your square footage, measure your width by your length. Multiply the the two & boom there's your square footage. To get the sq. ft. for more confusing shapes go here for a great tutorial. Our sq. ft. Ended up being 84 sq. ft.
2nd - Mark the area as precisely as possible. We snapped a couple paint stirrers in thirds and used some extra string we had laying around to mark out our area. We used some scotch tape to secure the string to each marker and stuck the markers in the ground every couple of feet around the perimeter.
4th - Dig dig dig. Of course call 811 or your local buried utilities hotline and ask them to mark any hazardous buried lines before digging (More on that in another post). Your gonna need to dig at least 5-7 inches down anywhere your patio/walkway will be. If your area will see a lot of foot traffic consider going down 10-12 inches. We went about 6 inches since our
7th - Spray & Tamp! At this point we had read on a few blogs to slightly dampen the crushed gravel. This makes it easier to "tamp". We used a garden hose and nozzle on "mist" to dampen the curshed gravel. Next you'll need to tamp or compact your layer of gravel. The goal is to push the gravel down as much as possible creating a very dense layer. You can rent a tamper, but we did ours by laying a large piece of plywood down over the gravel and then slamming a sledgehammer into the plywood repeatedly. We did this a few times up and down the walkway & it really seemed to do the trick.
So now our favorite part, the BEFORE & AFTER!
So there she is. You may have noticed we also planted a few extra hostas (these were planted in a less seen area of the backyard before we moved them) on both sides of the walkway which also has also helped enhance the area. We threw in some fresh dirt and topsoil to boot and now all that's missing is mulch and a few walkway lights. All and all it took us about 8 hours and cost roughly $220 and most importantly...less dirty paws! Whacha think?