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How to
construct a Pebble Path

In this project we are
going to show you how to make a pebble path. We are going to use
100×75 h4 treated tanalised posts for the edgings, gap 20
basecourse and a choice of a number of toppings (pebbles, bark,
shell, chip etc.) A pebble path is easier and cheaper to construct
than a paving stone path and irregular and curved shapes offer no
problem although weeds can be a nuisance and regular raking can
sometimes be necessary. For this project we are assuming the
ground is moderate to firm, if not, soft ground will need to be
excavated deeper and replaced by basecourse metal.

Read at bottom of page for material list and other notes.

pebblepath construction layers



Step 1
:
   
Excavations
   
Dig out the proposed pathway to a
depth of 75mm below finished path height (usually existing
ground level) and the required path width.

Step
2:  
  
Putting
down the edging.    
Lay the edge
boards (100×75 sawn h4 treared posts) into place so the
top of the edge boards are at the required path finished
height. Retain them in place with stakes nailed to the
outside and trim the stakes off 20mm below the top of the
edging board. (see drawing below)

pebble path cross section


Step
3
:    
Base
course    
Add a layer of GAP 20 base
course in between the edging boards. (GAP 20 is a mixture
of rock. The abbreviation, GAP 20, General All Passing,
means the metal is graded to one certain size, 20mm in
this case, and everything below this size is included in
the product). Add and compact the base course with a
mechanical plate vibrator until the finished height is
30mm down from the top of the edge boards. At the same
time compact the soil against the outside of the edge
boards thus ensuring they stay in place parellel. You can
hire a plate vibrator from your local hire centre.

 



Step 4:

   
Lay
pebbles
Lay pebbles on top of the base course and
flush with the top of the edge boards. Other preferences
to pebbles might be garden bark, gravel, shells, white
chip etc.

 

 

Material List


MATERIALS

INFORMATION

100×75
sawn h4 treated

 

Normally
used as standard fence posts. Come in lengths of 2400mm

GAP
20 Base course
GAP
20, General All Passing,
is a mixture of crushed rock graded to 20mm and
everything below. One cubic metre would be enough to do
a path 1m wide x 20m long or 20 sq metres

 


river
pebbles
Different
sizes. One cubic metre would be enough to do a path 1m
wide x 30m long or 30 sq metres

 


garden
bark
An
alternative to pebbles. One cubic metre would be enough
to do a path 1m wide x 30m long or 30 sq metres

 


Shells
An
alternative to pebbles. Different sizes. One cubic metre
would be enough to do a path 1m wide x 30m long or 30 sq
metres

 


McCallum
chip
An
alternative to pebbles. One cubic metre would be enough
to do a path 1m wide x 30m long or 30 sq metres

 


White
chip (limestone)
An
alternative to pebbles. One cubic metre would be enough
to do a path 1m wide x 30m long or 30 sq metres

 

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