Many homeowners don't want an awkward sidewalk going through their yard because they feel that it takes away from the overall look of the home. However, you can quickly and easily create an attractive walking path to your front door using landscaping rocks. Use the following guide to learn how to create a walking path that is both visually appealing and useful.
Supplies You'll Need
- A shovel
- A water hose
- A broom
- Large, flat landscaping rocks
- Small pea gravel
Choose the Location of Your Walking Path
The first thing you need to determine is where you want the walking path to be located. You can choose to create a straight path that goes from the edge of your yard directly to your door or you can create a twisting path that creates a unique and eye-catching look.
Create Your Layout
Once you have decided where you want the path, it is time to create the layout. Use the shovel to remove the top layer of grass from the areas where you want the walking path to be. The path needs to be as level as possible, so it is best to remove as much soil from the area as needed to create the smooth walking surface.
Position the Rocks
Wet the soil with a water hose and position the large landscaping rocks so that they are each a few inches from one another. You can find these rocks from construction and contracting companies like Builders Sand & Gravel Inc.You do not want the rocks to touch because it will create a bunched look that will not be very visually appealing. Step on the rocks so that they can push into the ground slightly so that they will not move around as you walk on them. The water will soften the soil just enough so that the rocks should easily push into the ground.
Finish the Path
Sprinkle the pea gravel all over the path so that it falls between the larger rocks. Use the broom to sweep the gravel so that it falls between each of the larger rocks rather than sitting on top of them. Step on the gravel to push it into place so that it doesn't get kicked up as you walk on the path.
Over time, the rocks and gravel will become more compact as you walk on them. This path allows you to create a walkway to your front door that can be easily removed if you decide that you do not like the look or want to create a new one later on down the road.