Thursday, July 16, 2009

Filling in the Garden Path

We have been hard at work in the yard; one of our tasks is filling in the garden path surrounding the fire pit. We decided to do a path of flat stone in random shapes and sizes. This involves a sledgehammer, a hammer, and a stone chisel.

Or, if you don't have a stone chisel... a hammer turned around!
Here, we are beveling the edges slightly in a random pattern, so that the stones aren't too sharp on top and so they look more "natural". This is a great way to chip off a larger portion of stone so as to make a better fit in the walkway.

We are filling in between the flat stones with homemade gravel. Much of the gravel comes from the beveling and shaping process; the rest is coming from a few chunks of limestone that have no other purpose in our yard. The sledgehammer is INDISPENSABLE in gravel making!



We are about two thirds of the way done with the path, but have run out of flat stone. Our "supplier" is gathering another pallet or so for us to use... no finishing until then!


modernemama said...

Wow, you are working so hard on all the hardscaping - love this circular path

Jayne said...

It looks great! I like the circular path, too.

Why S? said...

I can't believe how much you've blogged since I last checked in!

Yes, it looks great. And with your "homemade gravel" I think you may have out-Martha'd Martha!

Robj98168 said...

Turning out great... I have an idea for youe next vacation- come to seattle and do my yard

WavGirl said...

That looks amazing! So much work, but well worth it.