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Building A Gravel Yard Path To Save Water And Dress Your Lawn

Posted by Junk King on Apr 26, 2021 5:00:00 AM



You can cut back on lawn watering by adding hardscape features. A simple gravel path can reduce the lawn area and add curb appeal value to your home.

An inexpensive and easy to install gravel footpath meandering through your front yard can add a quaint charm and striking visual improvement. 

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A Winding Path Can Lead to More Landscape Features

Depending on your personal tastes when it comes to landscape design, the addition of a gravel footpath can open the way to much more hardscape ideas.

Pathway lighting is a more obvious option and the variety and selections today are almost overwhelming. While more traditional hard-wired options are available, there are hundreds of styles of solar powered yard lights that you can choose from, as well.

Some yards with numerous trees or hedges could be enhanced with an antique-style lamppost situated along the pathway. Perhaps your gravel walkway could traverse a dry streambed that also meanders through your lawn. This would call for a charming and whimsical wooden footbridge to complete the scene.

The danger isn't so much in not knowing what to add, but more likely in not being able to know when to stop! 

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A Gravel Path is an Easy Upgrade for Your Yard

While it won't make your yard a "drought resistant" one, the less grass you have, the less watering you have to do, and the more you can conserve. And a well-made hardscape feature not only adds visual appeal to your outdoor space but it can add resale value, as well. 

So, what's required for a simple grave yard path?

We created this checklist for you as a basic guide for installing your own winding walkway.


Building a Gravel Path - Checklist

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Gravel In Means Sod Out

As much fun planning and designing landscaping for your home's outdoor spaces, the harsher reality of all those projects is the cleanup.

While you might not think that a path will take up much space, the actual area required might surprise you.

According to the website LandscapingNetwork.com, these are the standard walkway widths:

  • 18" minimum
  • 24" functional
  • 30" one person
  • 36" standard

For a smaller lawn and, therefore, a shorter path 18 to 24 inches is probably sufficient. Longer paths in larger spaces might be more useable and visually attractive at 30 or 36 inches wide.

However, even a two-foot wide path that runs, say, 60 feet across a lawn will take up at least 120 square feet of yard area.  And, because this sod will be at least two or three inches thick top to bottom, that means you will have to dispose of around 30 cubic feet of grass and soil debris.

That's over one cubic yard, or a third of pickup truck bed full!

Then there's the scrap, cut-offs, empty bags, left over materials and other assorted trash and debris from your project. And all of this has to be gotten rid of. 

Not to worry! Junk King is equipped to take all of that off your hands and make your gravel path project cleanup a snap.

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"Handing Off" Your Yard Waste Removal

Junk King provides efficient, safe and eco-friendly yard waste removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your new hardscape feature is complete.

No need to fill your residential bins two or three times for the next month trying to offload all your yard waste and other landscaping trash. We can make it go away in just one quick visit.

And, whether you need our services several times during a landscaping project or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the yard waste and other debris is out of your way so that you can get on with the job.

Our professional and insured junk hauling team will call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive on site, and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your debris takes up in our truck. You point and we haul your sod, soil, and other debris into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.

How can you get us on the site for yard waste removal? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Just make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865)


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