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Garden Paths and Hardscapes

Garden Paths and Hardscapes
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Good landscaping is about more than just plants. Paths, benches, walls, water features — they’re all part of hardscaping and can make or break the look of your yard and garden landscape.

In the competitive housing market, every feature of a home is crucial in attracting potential buyers. The home’s exterior makes the first impression, and hardscapes, as important elements of landscaping, play a critical role gaining a return on value. Along with helping a property stand out in buyers’ minds, a carefully thought-out landscape using hardscapes allows homeowners to express their creativity and personality through the variety of options available.

Create your own path

A well-made concrete walkway or garden path not only stands up to years of hard use, it enhances the natural landscape and complements a home’s exterior features.

Traditional walkway materials such as brick and stone can be pricey and often difficult to install. As an easy and inexpensive alternative, you can build a new concrete path using manufactured molds, such as the Quikrete WalkMaker building forms. The result is a beautiful pathway that mirrors the texture and appearance of brick or natural stone with all the durability and economy of poured concrete.

Project how-to

Here is a simple, step-by-step process for making your own beautiful pathway. This is a weekend project one person can easily complete for a minimal cost. Typically, the cost to install a 10-foot-long concrete path is about $50 to $60 for materials.


  • concrete mix or crack-resistant concrete mix
  • liquid cement color
  • polymer-modified jointing sand (optional)


  • excavation and site preparation tools
  • building form
  • wheelbarrow or mixing box
  • shovel
  • level
  • margin trowel or finishing trowel

Step 1:

Prepare the project site by leveling the ground, removing sod or soil as needed.

Step 2: Mix a batch of concrete for the first section, following the product directions. Place the form at the start of your path and level it. Use a shovel or trowel to fill each cavity of the mold with wet concrete. Consolidate and smooth the surface of the form using a concrete margin trowel.

Step 3: Promptly remove the form and then smooth the edges of the section with a trowel to create the desired finish (it may help to wet the trowel in water). For a nonslip surface, broom the section or brush it with a stiff brush. Rotate the form one-quarter turn (90 degrees) with each section to vary the pattern. Place the form against the finished section and repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete the next section.

Step 4: Repeat until the path is finished.

With a variety of form patterns available (Basket Weave Brick, European Block Brick, Country Stone and Running Bond Brick), you can create a pathway, patio or walkway that matches your home’s style.

Updated Thursday, May 14th, 2009

4 Responses to Garden Paths and Hardscapes

  1. Angela Bird May 19, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    This is a great project!

  2. Rosalie Cooksey May 20, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    I am in the process of creating a no-mow back yard – this pathway project will help me tremendously – i am nearly to the starting point now. I am curious, though, since this is a living project, can these stones be lifted and moved at will? thank you for this tip.

  3. Daphne Duvall September 7, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    This look like a great walk project, thanks.

  4. May 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    What a great idea!

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