Paved cement garden path

We tell how to make a "paved" cement path with your own hands. It will be much cheaper than if you were laying it out of paving slabs or a decorative stone. We'll have to tinker a bit, but even a beginner can handle it!

What is required?

  • Sand,
  • cement,
  • water,
  • rubble or gravel,
  • wooden planks
  • form for cement,
  • cardboard,
  • adhesive tape or duct tape
  • concrete mixer.

Step 1: Prepare a spot for the track.

Mark the place where you plan to break the path. Level up the ground as much as possible, so that the path will turn out without bumps and hollows.

Make a border on the perimeter of the track from the wooden plates. Pour a layer of sand and gravel or rubble, level. Only after these procedures, you can begin to manufacture the track itself.

Step 2: Knead the cement mortar

It is best to choose cement with sufficient strength for our purposes - grades m200-m500. Ensure that there are no lumps in the cement. If necessary, sift it.

Knead the grout from 3 parts of sand, 1 part of cement and about 1 part of water.It is best to add water to the eye - the solution should be thick enough to easily pour into the mold, but not spread.

The life of the cement mortar is about 2 hours. After that, it will begin to harden, so do not dilute too much at one time.

Step 3: Attach the Form

If you use a ready-made mold for cement, the work will be simple. It will be enough to attach a stencil and pour it with a solution. If necessary, level the surface of the wet cement with a spatula. Wait until the mass hardens a little, release the form and attach it to a new place.

Thus fill the maximum amount of the intended track.


Step 4: Fill in the blanks

Naturally, the finished form will not be able to fit into all the bends of the garden path. You will certainly have omissions.

To fill them, make the forms yourself, bending the strips of cardboard and holding them together with tape or tape.

Fill the cardboard stencil with cement mortar and leave to dry overnight until it is completely cured.

The main secret here is to try to find a similar shape for future “cobblestones” so that they do not contrast with the shape of the stones made with the help of a stencil.

If you do not have a mold for cement, you can initially make the entire stencil out of cardboard.

Step 5: Remove the Stencil

After the cement mortar has dried, remove the cardboard stencil. Joints between "cobblestones" can be filled with cement crumb, small gravel or other loose materials at your discretion.

The board fence can also be removed and replaced with some more creative curb for a garden path.

The track is ready! In the same way, you can pave the patio or barbecue area near the house.

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