Brick Paths

Making a brick path is not difficult, just rather time-consuming. The first step is to remove the topsoil or turf and then complete the basic structure as you would for any other type of path, and finally to lay the bricks on top. Bricks are comfortable and handy to work with compared with some other materials, and many DIY gardeners get a real sense of satisfaction from seeing the way in which they fit naturally together. The end result is a path that will last at least one lifetime and probably more.

It is best to use high-fired exterior-grade clay bricks for garden paths, or you could try engineering bricks. They are both much harder than normal bricks and have a low rate of water absorption, and are much more resistant to frost. Don’t use new bricks that have been manufactured to look as if they are old because the decorative face will easily abrade if you use them on a path.

You could also use block pavers, which are extremely hard clay or concrete bricks thinner than the normal type. These are specifically designed for use on patios, paths and drives and they come in a wide range of different shapes and finishes. Kiln-fired are the most durable and attractive type. The many types of concrete pavers include mock bricks and imitation stone setts, which are small rectangular paving blocks.

When working out the number of bricks you’ll need, first calculate the area and then the number of bricks required, and add about five per cent on top of that for likely wastage.

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