How To Lay A Brick Pathway - mydiwise

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.

Materials Needed

  • Plate compactor
  • Plastic edging
  • Landscape spikes
  • Hammer
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Circular saw or angle grinder with a masonry blade
  • Wooden stakes
  • Crushed stone paver base
  • Polymeric sand
  • String
  • String level
  • Measuring device
  • 4′ level
  • metal pipes
  • broom
  • Brick pavers


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  1. 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.