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walkway that is!:p
The north side of the house receives little sun and the grass growth in negligible with a planter running the length of the house.

The dogs stomp down any chance of growth by the gate into the backyard, as well. So, I am thinking about putting in a walkway from the drive to gate.

I'll need about 26' x 32" of stamped concrete pavers (generally 16" x 16") or flat river stones. I am leaning pavers.

What no i need to do to prep the ground?
 

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This thread would have been more appropriate if you had waited till monday to post it.
 

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Did it down 3-4"
Level is with some crushed road base and compact it well.
Slap down some pavers and call it good.
 

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JohnHenry said:
walkway that is!:p
The north side of the house receives little sun and the grass growth in negligible with a planter running the length of the house.

The dogs stomp down any chance of growth by the gate into the backyard, as well. So, I am thinking about putting in a walkway from the drive to gate.

I'll need about 26' x 32" of stamped concrete pavers (generally 16" x 16") or flat river stones. I am leaning pavers.

What no i need to do to prep the ground?
I went to home despot (where all the dictators go for home improvement!!) and Lowe's..which was probably a mistake

The recommend down around 3" and then use sand. I see below road fill is recommended. It seems like sand would pretty quickly dissapate (sp?). how about a combo of the two?

What about removal of the 3" 4" of earth removal? Shovel? tiller? back hoe (ungh)?
 

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dig 3 - 4 inches

add a bit of small river gravel (helps drainage) and sand, lay paver

go Japanese style, think of the stones as river, flow, flow, rest (like a pool) so as you walk it is step step stop and contemplate,
get thick stones so they extend a few inches above ground level

plant wooly thyme, baby tears in between.
if it is wide enough make a small table and chairs and you'll find you have a lovely little retreat on hot days
 

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HEY...I just read this (yeah, after I posted, go figure) you ever seen the plastic forms they sell at the home centers that you lay on the ground (or dig down 3 inches ) then pour quick-crete into?.....the wok REALLY slick, 2 years into the first walkway and going to put more in as soon as I get time. NO GRAVEL..........and I live in WI, you are pouring on UNDISTURBED soil!

60 lb of quickcrete does two forms (7 individual blocks) and takes 5 minutes PER, you mix it stiff and move on before it sets)
 

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No matter which route you take, pounding the shyte out of the support layer is key. I've done this twice, once with a rented 'pounder' (I have no idea what that tool is properly called) and once without...and the without path cracked a little and went more uneven than I would've liked within a year or so, although it stabilized and seemed to be fine after that.

Besides, the tool is really cool...we flattened a number of different things with it during the last couple of hours before it had to go back to the rental joint:). It can flatten anything. Anything.
 

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Stop! Stop, will you?! Stop that! Stop it! Now, look! No one is to stone anyone until I blow this whistle!

Do you understand?! Even, and I want to make this absolutely clear, even if they do say 'Jehovah'.
 

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We just call them compactors, ill add my two cents also. Whenever we do patio's or walkways we have a base layer of 2-3 inches of what we call jock sand. It drains but is also very compactible. I dont know what everyone else calls it but its made from stone dust at quarries and has a blue shade... HTH
 
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