North West Timber Treatments Ltd.

Decorative Stone Paths: Our Step-by-Step Guide

Creating a gravel path in your garden is an easy and inexpensive yet extremely rewarding DIY project. NWTT supply a compre­hen­sive selection of decorative stone options and here is our step-by-step guide on how to use it for best results.


  1. Choose your decorative stone. As with any construction project, the finished result will only be as good as the quality of the materials you use. Choose from an eclectic selection at NWTT that will best suit your aesthetic and practical requ­ire­ments. Cost-effec­tiveness and professional quality of material is absolutely guaranteed.
  2. Mark out your path. Many people use a length of hosepipe for this purpose but acrylic line marker is a much more precise method. A choice of colours is available from NWTT.
  3. Dig an edging trench. The depth will depend on edging height, upstand and also the type of soil. Compact the base using a rake head and lay a concrete foundation at the bottom of the trench, appro­ximately 10cm deep. Smooth with a trowel before checking levels.
  4. Bed the edging in. When the concrete is set, set up string lines to guide the edges. Use an even layer of mortar to bed edging stones and, when you're finished, protect from rain or too-fast drying with a plastic sheet. After mortar has set, use concrete to support the edging, sloping it away with a trowel to assist drainage.
  5. Remove all turf and soil. After edging has dried, remove any grass and soil from your intended path to a depth of up to 15cm. All vegetation must be removed to prevent unevenness in the future.
  6. Compact the soil. A rake head or sturdy piece of wood will be sufficient to firm down soil on narrow paths but wider paths may require the use of a garden roller or vibrating plate. 
  7. Add landscaping fabric. A selection of these membranes is available at NWTT and will prevent weeds from growing up through the path while leaving drainage unaffected.
  8. Distribute the decorative stone aggregate. Use a rake to spread the aggregate onto the membrane to a depth of around 3cm.

That's it! You can now enjoy your new gravel path for years to come. Discover your options on our website and get in touch for further advice and info.

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