How To Lay A Brick Pathway
A brick paver walkway added to your landscaping will go a long way to making your home look classic and up-to-date. We will show you how to make this gorgeous addition without blowing your budget out of proportion.
- Plate compactor
- Plastic edging
- Landscape spikes
- Circular saw or angle grinder with a masonry blade
- Wooden stakes
- Crushed stone paver base
- Polymeric sand
- String level
- Measuring device
- 4′ level
- metal pipes
- Brick pavers
- Prepare The Ground Area
- Prep the ground area where you want to install the walkway.
- Mark the corners of the walkway by setting wooden stakes in the ground using a hammer.
- Run string between the stakes in the ground to mark your edges.
- The blade of the shovel can be used to mark the borders.
- Level the ground
- Dig an ample trench to lay pipe guides. These will serve as guide rails to create a consistent crushed stone flat surface.
- Use the rake to flatten the walkway.
- Between the metal pipes, add cement using a long level and compact the surface.
- Remove the pipes and fill the trench with crushed stone.
2. Lay Bricks
- Remove the wooden stakes. Use the string as a precise guide for the brickwork edges.
- Begin to lay bricks in the pattern of your choice. The string should be used to keep everything in place.
- Install plastic edging into the compacted ground using landscape spikes.
- Fill gaps with cut bricks. A circular saw – if you have an angle grinder, that can also be used – with a masonry blade can be used to cut the bricks.
- Fit the final row of bricks against the edging.
3. Compact Brick Pathway
- Set the brickwork using the plate compactor.
- Use a shovel to scatter polymeric sand on top of the bricks.
- Sweep the polymeric sand across the bricks into the paver joints. Once filled the remainder must be swept away from the surface.
- Finally, mist the walkway surface to activate the binding agents in the polymeric sand. This will transform individual pavers into a smooth walkway.