By Gene and Katie Hamilton
We've noticed that the longer you live in a house, the more you adapt it to your needs, and that's particularly true in the back yard. Over time, you find you've created a new path from one part of the yard to another, or from the back of the garage to the alley. If that's what's developed in your yard, consider making it a defined path using gravel, a material that is easy to find and work with. For a more structured path, you can line the sides of the path with stones or bricks.
Use the natural path as an outline, and dig up the soil to prepare it for a base of sand and topcoat of gravel. Dig it out to a depth of about six inches, and remove all the clumps of soil. Use a bow rake to level the soil and place vinyl edging along the sides to hold the new material in place. Lay down landscape fabric to curb the spread of weeds, and then fill in the path with a level layer of sand covered by gravel.
A landscape contractor will charge $641 to lay a 3-foot-wide, 100-foot-long gravel path, which includes labor and material; but you can do the job for $390, the cost of the material, and a long day's work. And you'll save 39 percent by doing it yourself.
Be inspired by Pinterest and their Explore Garden Path Ideas.
The average price to install a gravel path noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.