How to Create an Inexpensive Mulch and Stone Walkway
Spring is on its way and that means more rain. It’s also the time of year when the grass has been dormant and there is more exposed dirt and mud in your yard. Let’s be honest, everyone tends to have problem spots in their landscaping that end up looking like a mud pit. And if you have kids or pets running around, it won’t be long before that mud comes walking into your home.
For those of us that live in the south, mud is not just wet dirt. It’s usually red clay! And unfortunately, it will stain everything you own and make housekeeping a nightmare. Time to come up with a fast and inexpensive solution to the mud problem.
While searching Lowe’s for some ideas, I stumbled across this no-dig landscape edging. I was very excited to see that I wouldn’t have to dig a trench to bury half of it! Instead, it comes with pegs to nail into the ground. Suh-weet!
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- Flat stones or stepping stones (cost will vary)
- No Dig Landscape Edging Kits
- Two different colors of mulch (I used 20 bags -10 for each color) $3 each
- Yardstick for your width template
- Garden Rake
Gather all your materials near the path site. Layout your stones and walk on them to make sure they are spaced for a comfortable gait. (Do you see that stick in the above picture? That is my path width guide.)
Use your path width template (aka stick) to keep your edging equal distance apart the entire length of your path. (You may need to put a weight on your edging or set a peg in halfway to hold the edging in place.)
After the path and edging are laid out, step back and take a look. Make any tweaks to your pathway now.
To set the path, start from one end and insert a peg into one end of the edging.
Then hammer the peg into the ground…
…until it is flush with the earth.
Continue setting a peg every 4-6 feet (and especially at the peak of any curves.)
Repeat for the other side of your path.
Open a bag of mulch and spread to the top of your stones and the edging. Use the back side of your garden rake to smooth the mulch and eliminate any high or low spots.
Repeat until you have filled your entire path. Then spread the second color mulch on the outside of your path.
Don’t you just love the contrast between these two? The lighter colored mulch is cypress and the darker is hardwood mulch. Walk on your stones and put some dirt or sand underneath any that wobble. Now stand back and admire your finished path! I think my favorite stepping stone is the broken heart stone I made with two rocks.
The entire path took me just over two hours. Not bad, and the bonus is that I didn’t need to go to the gym to workout that day!
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