Pave Your Walkway

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Asphalt Walkway | Comments Off on Pave Your Walkway

Pave Your Walkway with Asphalt

Enrich your gardening area with an asphalt walkway…

Remember last year when you slopped your way through the mud just off the lawn and just before you got to your garden? You bet you do. Well now is the time to fix that problem with a walkway.

Several things can be done to keep your feet out of the mud. Paving bricks also known as pavers, or maybe those cute little stepping stones that come in different shapes and sizes can be set out to get you from here to there. But the problem with both of those is that if you need to move a large amount of gardening supplies with say a wheelbarrow, those stepping stones will cause more of a problem than any assistance. And the pavers will only help to shake, rattle and roll your wheelbarrow so much so that your teeth may come lose.

So why not asphalt a little walkway to get you and any cart, wheelbarrow or hand cart you may need to use to get you and your gardening stuff to where it will do the most good.

Did you know you can do this yourself? Sure you can. In one afternoon you can level, apply, smooth and begin to enjoy the walkway of your dreams.asphalt walkway 1

There are two ways to create a short walkway with bagged asphalt. You can make forms, drive yourself crazy trying to keep it all level and perfect. But in this instance try a free hand style.

First plan where you want to get to and rake the pathway you want to make. Make it eye level with a very slight middle to outside curvature to allow water to drain off. Just a slight curvature, you don’t want to turn your wheelbarrow over every time you drive it down our walkway.

When you get that “base” done and you are satisfied with your work, measure the width and the length. Say your path is going to be 1 ½ foot wide and 8 feet long. Multiply 1.5 times 8 to get 12 square feet. Now you need to decide how thick the asphalt will be.

A good rule of thumb is to keep the asphalt at least three inches thick at the center and down to no less than two inches at the edges. So to get the amount of asphalt you will need you multiply the square footage by the inches in thickness, say 3 inches for a good layer. So 12 square feet times 3 inches gives you a total of 36 square feet. That is the amount of asphalt you will need.

Bagged asphalt will have instructions and footage measurements on the package. So you can get home with the amount you are going to need in one shot. That will save you trips to the store so you can finish quicker and take that much need summer afternoon nap in you hammock.

Open one bag, spread it with a good heavy duty rock rake and tramp it down with you booted foot. Then the next bag and the next until you are done. Then let the new path cure for a day to harden and be ready for use. This is going to be a rustic pathway, not a perfect pathway. It will add a country flare to your back yard and value to your house. But it has to fit in with your overall design.

Asphalt has two great things going for it in regards to winter too. It is black so it will absorb heat from winter sunshine and thus be warm enough to melt snow. But if there is a period of no sunshine you can spread ice melter on asphalt without have to worry about the chemicals eating away at your pathway like it would if you had used concrete stepping stones or brick pavers.

Of course be careful to buy ice melter that will not harm your plants planted along your new walkway as some of the chemicals used in ice melting products are not plant friendly. And you built your walkway in such a way that the water will run off the sides!

If you need someone to build your asphalt walkway and you live in the Utah then I recommend you contact my friends at  asphaltserviceutah.com

With just a little effort and one afternoon you will find that in the spring, summer, fall and winter an asphalt walkway will always get you where you are going. Enjoy!