I am in LOVE with older homes…like 100 year old homes. Unfortunately, our brick ranch was built in the 1970’s, so it didn’t come with the “older home” character that I was dreaming of. Over the past four years, we have been renovating our home and trying to add some farmhouse character to the interior and exterior.
We recently built a new porch on the front of our ranch home. When trying to decide what type of walkway we wanted leading up to our front porch, I was drawn to the look and feel of a gravel walkway. They are definitely characteristic of old farmhouses, and they take me back to my childhood. :
Here are the reasons we love gravel walkways:
- They are easy to install.
- They are inexpensive.
- They are a fluid walkway material that won’t crack or break in colder temperatures.
- They can take on any shape you desire.
- And they are beautiful and charming!!
See why we chose gravel?! It was the perfect solution for us!
We followed 5 easy steps to
complete our walkway in one day.
STEP ONE: Dig the shape of the walkway.
First off, you need to mark out the desired shape of your walkway before digging. We used line-marking paint to mark our walkway. It’s basically like spray paint, usually orange, that you hold upside down as you spray and mark your line.
You could also mark your pathway with a rope or even a water hose. Make your walkway as wide as you want it. We made ours a little wider since we were lining it with pavers.
Use a square-edged spade to dig your walkway a depth of four inches. You will want to check the depth of your trench with a tape measure as you go. Be sure to smooth walkway with a steel rake and then compact the soil with a dirt tamper.
STEP TWO: Add crushed stone to your walkway trench.
Once the dirt in the trench is raked smooth and compacted, line the trench with about 2 ½ inches of crushed stone. We used Class 1 Sand from Lowe’s.
Crushed stone is a mix of ¾-inch stones and stone dust and will give your walkway a compact base.
STEP THREE: Lay Landscape Fabric
Next, roll out a layer of landscape fabric over your walkway.
You will be able to cut the fabric to match the shape of your walkway. To hold the fabric in place, you can use landscape anchor pins or spikes.
STEP FOUR: Install edging.
For our edging, we used pavers. We installed the pavers along the edges and used a rubber hammer to compact them.
The pavers we used are called “Allegheny” from Lowe’s.
If you do not want to use pavers, you can install edging. I suggest a galvanized steel edging, but you can use what will fit in your budget. If your edging does not come with spikes like the edging below, you can use a soft hammer or a wood block/hammer to install the edging.
STEP FIVE: Fill walkway with gravel.
This is the fun part! There are many different types and colors of gravel that you can use for your walkway. Pick one that matches the style of your home (or your personality if you choose.) :)
You want to lay enough gravel to come about ½ inch shy of the top of the edging.
Be sure to rake the gravel out evenly so all of the landscape fabric is completely covered.
If desired, you can landscape around the path with flowerbeds, sod, or lighting. I’m loving these lights from Lowe’s!
Your new walkway will require very little maintenance. You may need to rake it smooth occasionally and add more gravel if needed over time.
(Confession: We have NOT covered our crushed run with gravel yet. We did our steps a little differently. We put our crushed run over our landscaping fabric because we knew we wouldn’t be able to add the gravel just yet. I am hoping to add the gravel in November.)
I am super happy with my new gravel walkway! I know it will look even better once we lay the top gravel and add some new landscaping in our mulch!
*This post was sponsored by Lowe’s! All design ideas and product opinions are 100% mine. #lowesgirlforlife