How to Lay a Brick Path
Time Required: Over 1 day
If there are muddy trails in your yard from repeatedly walking over the same section, maybe it’s time to add a garden path.
Adding a structured garden path will keep your feet dry and help define your garden.
This simple brick path nestled in grass uses a herringbone pattern, kept deliberately rustic for an old, secret-garden feel.
- Measure the length and width of the desired path.
- Determine how many bricks, bags of gravel paver base and sand you’ll need for your desired width, adding 2 inches with a 1- to 2-inch depth of gravel and 1-inch depth of sand.
- For this herringbone pattern with 4-inch wide bricks, the garden path is approximately 14-inches at its widest point; every 2 bricks adds 2-½ inches to the length.
- Check local laws and regulations before digging and call to have relevant utility lines marked if necessary.
- Mark your desired garden pathway line with chalk or landscape paint, avoiding sharp turns. Dig a trench 4 to 5 inches deep, the width of your pattern, plus 2 inches, for 16 inches in this case.
- Use a flat-headed shovel to square off the sides of the trench. Set aside the top layer of grass.
- Lay bricks in a herringbone pattern.
- If necessary, add or remove sand so that the tops of the bricks are even with the surrounding soil.
- Tap bricks evenly into sand with the 4- x 4-inch laid on its side.