One of the ways to beautify a garden is to make concrete paths with your own hands. You think you can see mix on site concrete and nowhere else. But this is not the case. Such structures are popular in the private sector due to the ease of manufacture.
Advantages of concrete paths
A concrete walkway is the optimal solution for those who want to make a smooth, strong, durable, aesthetic coating for the street and save significantly, as well as the opportunity to show creativity.
Step 1. Design
Before you start the process of making a path, you need to choose a place and make preliminary calculations to do everything right.
Choose the places for the paths where you need them.
The path should be slightly raised above the ground level if you do not use curbs.
It is not necessary to lay concrete paths under large trees; their roots can damage the coating over time.
Step 2. Marking
Having decided on the location, the width of the future paths, proceed to the marking.
In order to prevent the appearance of puddles on the path, a slope should be provided. It is enough to make a slope of 2 mm for each meter of the path.
Step 3. Preparatory work
At this stage, the formwork is being constructed, if you do not build curbs.
The use of plywood has its advantages and disadvantages. Plywood bends easily, allowing you to give the track a smooth shape, but it is less stable than a board, so pegs will have to be driven in more often.
Step 4. Laying concrete
The concrete mixture should be laid in the formwork with a layer of 4-6 cm for pedestrian paths. Concrete is leveled with a board or ironing board.
Step 5. Concrete care
The concrete mortar poured into the mold does not just dry out: it freezes. Certain conditions are required for the successful course of this stage: the air temperature is 64-68 °F and high humidity.
In hot, dry weather, it is advisable to pour concrete with water several times during the first day.