Build an Inviting Pathway with the Right Tools and Equipment
Posted by: Erika Green on April 27, 2018
Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or an established renovator, adding personal touches to your space is always a great idea. And now that spring is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to customize your yard.
If you’re looking for a new outdoor project, try building a new pathway. It won’t break the bank, and you can tackle this from start to finish in less than a day. Here’s how to get started:
Step 1: Routing the path
Depending on your outdoor space, there are a couple of location options from which to choose. Some examples? You can connect your home to your backyard shed, your backdoor to your vegetable garden, or your outdoor kitchen to your patio. The list goes on and on. Whatever you decide to go with, make sure it connects the two key points on your property and is a high traffic area.
Step 2: Determine the size and materials
Here’s where you determine how long and wide you want the path to be. When it comes to the width of your pathway, keep it between 36 and 48 inches – enough for two people to walk together at the same time.
Next, plan out all of the materials you’ll need for the pathway. To avoid headaches, consider using gravel. Several types of inexpensive gravel are available for purchase at your local The Home Depot®. Common types include crushed gravel, crushed limestone and pea rock. You’ll also need landscaping fabric, bricks to be placed along the perimeter of the path, gloves, a garden trowel, measuring tape, twine and ground stakes.
Step 3: Rent your equipment and tools
This job can’t be done right without equipment. The solution? Rent a Kubota tractor loader backhoe. These are the perfect machines to dig, carry and transport the dirt away from your project area. With the perfect combination of power and performance, this project will be done in no time.
Don’t worry if you’ve never operated one of our machines before. Use our delivery service – we’ll transport the equipment from the store to your home and our delivery technician will walk you through operation of the tractor loader backhoe step-by-step.
Step 4: Build
Once you plot the pathway using your ground stakes and twine, begin removing the unwanted grass and dirt using your tractor loader backhoe. You can also level the area with the machine.
Next, lay down your landscaping fabric – this prevents weeds from poking through the gravel and keeps soil underneath moist and cool. Once this is complete, you should pour the gravel – using the front bucket of your tractor loader backhoe – onto the designated area for the path.
The last phase is smoothing. With the bucket adjusted so it’s almost level to the ground, you can spread the gravel into a flat surface. You can also drive in reverse for a nice, smooth surface.
Add some plants, outdoor decorations or flowers and you’re all set! Another DIY project crossed off your list.