Custom walkways can carry a hefty price tag when you have a contractor install them. Do-it-yourselfers have a less expensive option to get a custom look. Pathmate forms simplify walkway construction allowing you to create charming paths in your landscape. The 2-foot by 2-foot square forms are made of recycled plastic and are available in the shape of bricks or flagstones. Unlike traditional cement or stone sidewalks, Pathmate forms require a minimum of ground preparation and materials. The mould uses one 36.3kg bag of cement and makes a 4-foot square section of walkway, 1 ¾ inches deep.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- String and stakes
- Pathmate form
- Pre-mixed cement
- Wheelbarrow or container for mixing cement
Use a tape measure, string and stakes to lay out the walkway area. Prepare the ground by removing approximately 1 inch of soil. Smooth out the surface area.
Mix a bag of cement with water in a container or wheelbarrow. Incorporate water thoroughly with a hoe or shovel until the wet cement is no longer crumbly and will hold its shape when formed into a ball. Take care not to make the cement too wet. Mix one bag of cement at a time.
Set the Pathmate mould in place and fill the cavities with wet cement. Let stand a minute or two until the cement will hold its shape. Remove the mould and place it for the next section.
Repeat from Step 1 until the walkway is complete. Remove the stakes and string guides. Allow the sections to cure for at least 48 hours before using the walkway.
Tips and warnings
- Use two moulds for convenience. This allows the cement extra time to set up before removing the mould. Two people make the work go even faster. One can mix the next batch of cement as the other fills the mould. Add equal amounts of cement colourant to each batch of cement for a coloured walk way. Add colourant to different batches of cement and fill mould cavities with different colours to simulate colour variations in stones or brick. Press gravel, shells, broken tiles, or flat glass marbles into the walkway before the cement dries for extra embellishment.
- Make turnouts or wide spaces for benches or lawn ornaments along long, meandering walkways. Clean the mould as necessary if cement begins to dry or build up on it during work to keep the sections well defined. Scrub it clean before storing.
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