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Creating a gravel pathway

Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese

Mud happens

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Radio interview source: Eric Liskey, deputy editor, garden and outdoor living, Better Homes and Gardens

Mud happens when you live in the country. And when you have a large yard and gardens to take care of, no mudroom can keep it all out of the house. Laying out a gravel pathway through high-traffic areas is a good strategy to keep it at bay.

Start by defining the path boundaries with a hose. The path should be about 3 feet wide so two people can walk side-by-side. When you're happy with the look, pick up a can of fluorescent spray paint and spray in the lines.

Eric Liskey is a garden editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and says at that point, start digging out a depth of 3 or 4 inches.

"It lets you put down an adequate depth," Liskey says. "You want a few inches at least of gravel that way you don't get weeds that manage to work their way through it and take root in the soil beneath. Gives you better drainage and makes it easier to level it out. There's a lot of practical reasons why you want several inches of gravel."

Once the trench is dug and level, lay down landscape fabric to allow moisture through and stop the weeds. It's also a good idea to install some sort of edging along the path to keep the grass from creeping in, and prevent the gravel from going out."

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