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How to lay a garden path


Learn how to lay a path, with the help of Monty Don. He demonstrates how to lay slabs on sand and cement with the aid of a spirit level and a grid of pegs, to create a path.

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chappersandco 24/11/2011 at 15:27

Hi, my husband and I decided to start living the good life and created our first vegetable patch a few weeks ago. It's only a small area (about 6 ft by 10 ft) but our soil doesn't seem to be good quality so we added 3 bags of garden compost and some chicken manure pellets to try and give a good base (we left it for a week before planting anything). We now have some potatoes, red and white onions and carrots planted but we were wondering how often to keep the soil fertilized? Thanks, Kath.

chappersandco 24/11/2011 at 15:27

I just wanted to apologise for adding my comment regarding our veg patch on the wrong subject page. However I did find the video for laying a path was excellent and really helpful. We are thinking of turning our front lawn into a decorative stone circle so it's maintenance free so think some of the tips will assist.

barbelhunter 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I hate to point this out because the end result will no doubt look great.......but the "5 dabs of mortar" method is so widely employed but is absolutely never an acceptable method of laying paving slabs. You will be well advised to study the appropriate pages on, widely acknowledged as the best free resource in the world for paving and associated groundworks.

cosmic24 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I am a flagger and that method works but i wouldn't recommend it your best laying on a full bed of semi dry mix so the flag has got mor to grip on too.

Pav 05/03/2012 at 21:50

Never, Ever Dab with 5 spots, this is a technique in plasterboarding which has faults but in Flagging is a total NO NO ! It will inevitably lead to some kind of rocking after a period as the bed is not uniform & this will eventually give & also as a minor point will create loud steps through the reverberation channels.

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