Brains, brawn and a beautiful path!

 


If you live in a climate that doesn’t get a lot of snow, winter is a great time to build clay paver pathways. You’re going to be doing a lot of excavation, but the yard is probably already brown! And as spring rolls around, you’ll get to watch all the lush greenery and blossoms come back to fill in between your paths…which will just get more beautiful.

There are two parts to the job: brains and brawn.

“Brains” involves carefully planning your landscaping and thinking through how your path will work with trees, plants, lawns, sculpture, fountains and architectural features. This all might start with a pad of paper, but at some point, you’ll need to get outside and do some pacing, measurements and visualizing. A lot of people use their garden hoses as easily moveable lines to plot paths and patio areas.

 



All this brain work will pay off aesthetically, but it will also help you purchase exactly the right amount of pavers, gravel and sand. There’s a formula in the guide linked below for download.

Don’t let the math get in the way of creativity and fun as you plan for a beautiful spring. Paver pathways are about directing traffic but they can be as whimsical as you please. Maybe you want a path for morning walks with coffee that winds through a flower garden and circles a fountain. And for rainy days, you want a straight line to your garage. With clay pavers your pathways can take just about any direction.

The “brawn” comes into play when you’re ready dig and pave. There’s some hard work involved. A lot of homeowners subcontract their excavation, then they DIY the paving. But it’s all “good exercise.”

If you think you're not up to it, please read about Clark and Wilda Watson, the octogenarian couple who installed a driveway of 25,000 pavers! Click the photo to read the story.

 

The great thing about a wintertime pathway project is, there’s no hurry. You can easily stop and start and even make the project long-term, adding on features every season.

There’s an art to laying pavers, too. This clip gives you the basics of pattern design.

Notice that landscaper Roger Cook says in the video, “If you are going to do a herringbone or a basket weave you have to use a modular brick.” Below is a perfect example of our modular product. Notice how the pavers line up two widths equal to one length! That precision makes the job easier.

And when you’re ready to get serious, download the Pine Hall Brick “Seven Simple Steps to Great Paver Projects” HERE.

Why not start now for a beautiful summer landscape? Check out our complete line of clay pavers here.

 

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