My wife and I live next to a park that is adjacent to our rear fence. There are times when the weather makes the backyard less than desirable to walk through. With a young child and frequent visits to the park, we decided to build a walkway.
A pathway is a great way to add value, both aesthetically and financially. But it is your backyard. Don't build a path that you will hate, you will regret or that doesn't make sense to you. Now let's talk about what you'll need.
Step 1: Tools, Tools, Tools,...some advil and a bed.
Shovel, Round Point
Depending on the type of walkway you may need:
Wood for forms, i.e. 2 x 4s
Sand Plate aka compactor
Step 2: Get Started Planning
You can choose to go about this randomly, but you most likely will be frustrated and end up scrapping much of your project to correct the errors.
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So get out some paper, a pencil and a measuring tape.
First, lay out your backyard. Significant permament items should be included, fences, gates, patios, ponds, trees, etc.
Once you have a layout, start dreaming about what your walkway will look like. Sometimes, a physical layout can help you visualize this. For example, if you are doing a curved pathway, use a garden hose to represent the edge of the path. If you're going to use garden stones, get some cardboard and cut out some shapes.