Guide To Gravel Paths

How to choose and install gravel paths in the garden 

Guide To Gravel Paths

Choose a border for a gravel path that blends in with the surroundings. Image: Thinkstock 

Paths made from gravel are best for light to moderate foot traffic and are a budget-friendly option for flat areas.

They require maintenance to keep them weed-free and should be topped up with fresh gravel every few years.

Gravel paths need a border to keep them contained and there are several options available to suit the path’s surroundings. 

To lay a gravel path across a lawn, first dig out the turf, then flatten the soil with a shovel. Lay the border and pour over a 75mm deep layer of mgravel using a wheelbarrow, then rake it.

TIP Purchase an extra 10% of gravel to allow for initial settling. 

Types of borders 

Metal edging

Metal edging is affordable, easy to install and is almost invisible to give a clean look, ideal for curved paths. Trim the edging using a hacksaw,
set it 25mm higher than the path and secure with metal stakes.

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Metal edging is affordable easy to install and is almost invisible to give a clean look


Bricks create the most formal borders and they can be installed upright at an angle or flat in the ground. Lay bricks on a 50mm bed of sand and surround with gravel and soil to lock into position. 

TIP Use recycled bricks to reduce costs.

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Bricks create the most formal borders and they can be installed upright at an angle or flat in the ground


Stone borders

Stone borders give a natural look, but they are the most expensive edging option. Lay stones on a 25mm bed of mortar, tap them into position with a rubber mallet and pack them in with gravel and soil.

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Stone borders give a natural look, but they are the most expensive edging option

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