10, Oct 2023
Choosing and Laying Walkways
finding for active travel you’re trying to organize a large landscape into a series of outdoor rooms or create an intimate postage-stamp-size space, you need a clear passage from one point to another. Walkways define and connect these areas, provide traction for walking in mud and snow, delineate them from lawn areas and help keep the area clean.
A walkway’s material, color and texture can set it apart visually from surrounding lawns or other outdoor elements. It can also influence the level of comfort. Gravel, for example, is a good choice because it’s economical and durable. It also offers a nice, soft surface for people to walk on and is available in many colors.
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Before laying the gravel, it is important to make sure the area is free of roots, weeds and other debris and that the soil is well prepared. The soil should be loose, but firm enough to hold the gravel. After the gravel is laid, a layer of landscaping fabric should be placed over it to prevent weeds and other unwanted growth from growing through. Then a layer of sand or crushed rock with fines should be spread on top of the gravel for stability and to help with drainage.
Finally, the gravel should be raked and leveled to ensure a comfortable, safe walking experience. It may also be necessary to compact the walkway with a hand tamper or mechanical compactor. The slope of the walkway should not exceed 2%. A gentle slope is attractive, but excessive slope can lead to a trip hazard.