Get your yard ready for summer with just 3 easy DIY steps to a weed free gravel path.
OK guys, pulling weeds is one of my least favorite chores. It’s sunny and humid in Houston, weeds grow really fast 9 months of the year. I spend 1/2 a day every week pulling up the weed jungle in our flower beds. But luckily, there’s just 3 easy DIY steps to a weed free gravel path. Yay!
Now, I won’t have to worry about our path turning into a jungle again this year. Fair warning, I say this is easy because you don’t need special skills, chemicals, or tools to do this. But, it’s yard work. So, it does mean physical labor. Hang in there though. It’ll be worth it when your done.
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What You’ll Need
- Shovel & Heavy Duty Rake & Scissors & Wheelbarrow
- Cute Gardening Gloves 😉
- A good, thick Landscape Fabric
- Pea Gravel
3 Easy DIY Steps to a Weed Free Gravel Path
Step One – Prepare your Path
Some people just put landscape fabric over weeds and leave them alone. But, I’m always afraid that some of those weeds will be “super weeds” and push through.
To be safe, I dig up the top 2 inches of soil across the whole path. It’s a bit of work, I just think of it as an extra work out. 😉 After the whole path is done, rake across the whole path to clear out the weeds and limbs you just lifted up.
Step Two – Spread Fabric
Now, unroll the landscape fabric across the whole area. Be sure to have a few extra inches on either side. Then wheelbarrow in piles of pea gravel.
Step Three – Spread Gravel and Trim
Spread that pea gravel smooth with the flat side of your rake. You want the pea gravel to be about an inch thick to completely cover the landscaping fabric.
After you’ve finished spreading the gravel, you can trim away any extra fabric on the sides with scissors. I buried some of mine under the larger rocks on one side of our path. Easy peasy and so much prettier!
DIY Tip: Pea Gravel is really cheap if you can buy it in bulk. At least it is here. We probably did this whole path for $20 or $30 bucks. This is the same gravel I used on that DIY Pea Gravel Digging Site for our boys!
At most landscape supply shops you can have pea gravel dumped directly into the back of your truck. We get our mulch this way too. Saves money and we don’t have all of those empty plastic bags to throw away later.
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