How to Put a Crushed Granite Walkway in Your Backyard

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Gravel is used for many landscaping projects, including walkways.
Gravel is used for many landscaping projects, including walkways. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Installing a crushed gravel walkway in your yard provides a surface to walk on when the grass is wet and muddy. There are several advantages to using gravel instead of concrete. A gravel walkway is cheaper than using concrete, it allows water to seep into the ground rather than sit on top of the surface, which can make concrete slippery -- especially in the winter when it gets icy -- and it doesn't stand out the way a bare concrete slab does.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or spade
  • Rake
  • Tamp
  • Crushed gravel
  • Garden hose
  • Landscaping fabric
  • 2-by-4-inch board
  • Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Metal edging
  • Hammer
  • Stepping stones

Dig a trench in the yard where you're installing the walkway. The trench should be 4 inches deep.

Smooth the bottom of the trench with a rake and tamp it down to make the ground firm.

Pour 2 1/2 inches of gravel into the bottom of the trench and smooth it with a rake. Spray the gravel with water to reduce dust.

Compact the gravel with the tamp.

Place landscaping fabric into the trench. This acts as a barrier that stops weeds from growing up through the gravel.

Cut a piece of 2-by-4 board that is 4 feet long and cut two notches into the board spaced 3 feet apart. The board will be used to space metal edging.

Install metal edging on one side of the trench. Edging is often installed by placing it against the side of the trench and securing it by driving metal pins into the ground though holes in the edging. Read the manufacturer's instructions for the edging you purchased to be sure of the proper installation method.

Place the 4-foot long 2-by-4 across the trench at one end, sliding one of the notches over the edging.

Install the edging on the other side of the trench. When setting the edging, slide the second notch in the 2-by-4 over top and secure the edging into the ground. Repeat this every few feet as you set the edging to ensure that the spacing across the trench is a uniform 3 feet.

Backfill the gaps around the outside of the edging.

Fill the trench with gravel until it's 1/2 inch below the top of the edging.

Smooth the gravel with a rake. Place stepping stones on top of the gravel, if desired.

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