How to Make a Path With Granite Sand Decomposed Granite

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How to Make a Path With Granite Sand Decomposed Granite
Granite sand is course, packable sand derived from decomposed natural granite. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Decomposed granite, or granite sand, is a dense packable material that is long-wearing and resistant to erosion and settling. It is ideal for use as a material for functional and ornamental walkways and paths around the home. Hardscaped paths made of decomposed granite can add a pleasing aspect to your home's landscaping, and help you avoid wear and tear on heavily trafficked areas. When properly constructed, these paths will provide years of service.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Landscape cloth
  • Edging
  • Gravel
  • Decomposed granite
  • Rake

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  1. 1

    Dig out the soil to a depth of 8 inches from the area where you'll be putting in the walkway. Place the dirt in a wheelbarrow to haul it away.

  2. 2

    Place a layer of landscape cloth on the bottom of the excavated area. Overlap separate pieces of cloth by several inches. The landscape cloth will inhibit the growth of weeds through the bottom of the walkway.

  3. 3

    Place landscape edging strips along the lower edge of the walkway. The tops of the strips should be even with the ground at the top edges of the walkway.

  4. 4

    Fill the bottom of the excavated area with gravel, filling it in to within 2 inches of the top.

  5. 5

    Fill the remainder of the walkway with decomposed granite. Smooth the granite with a rake.

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