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Laying a path

Laying a path

A handsome path is a striking finishing touch to your garden. It plays an active role in your design, leading a visitor through from one feature to the next and inviting you to explore. It's also practical, giving you access to borders for weeding and planting. Match the materials you use with others in the garden and you'll pull your design together so it's pleasing to look at and delightful to use.

Paths are one of the easiest garden landscaping projects, and you'll find everything you need in our Guilsfield garden centre from edging to stone slabs, setts and paviours. It's a project for a free weekend – here's how you do it:

  • Decide what kind of path you want to build, whether it's a simple barkchip path for a veg patch or a smarter one made of brick paviours. Other options include stone flags, gravel or cobbles.
  • Mark out your path and dig out the soil to a depth of 10cm (gravel or bark) to 15cm (paviours or stone flags). Make sure the base is level and even along its length.

  • Install your edging: good edging materials include wooden boarding, brick paviours laid on edge, or granite setts. Fix wood in place with pegs, or lay stone edgings into a bed of mortar and allow to set.
  • Put in a sub-base 75mm thick to act as a foundation. Scalpings, a by-product of quarrying, are ideal. Compact the base thoroughly, using a plate compactor or hand tamper, till it's level and even.

  • For a gravel path, simply top with 50mm of peashingle – job done!
  • For paved paths, add a layer of grit sand 40mm thick and compact into a smooth base. You can add cement, one part cement to 10 parts sand, for a more solid base.

  • Lay paving on top, checking and re-checking that you've got it level. Then brush a dry mix of one part cement to four parts sand into the joins: the first shower of rain will make it set hard.

Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Guilsfield for more information and advice about laying paths.

We offer help and great advice

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The Derwen, one of the finest independent garden centres in the country, is owned and run by the Joseph family, who also own the Dingle Nurseries and

Contact Info

Address:  Derwen Garden Centre,
Guilsfield, Welshpool, SY21 9PH
Office:(01938) 553015
Email:[email protected]


Opening Hours

Derwen Garden Centre sells a range of indoor and seasonal outdoor plants and bulbs and also gifts, bird food, tools and National Garden Vouchers.

Mon - Sat:9.30am - 5.30pm

Sunday:11am - 5:pm