How To Prepare For A Walkway In Your Yard

Landscape Around Paved Walkway

Choosing a paver walkway can seem like a big undertaking for any yard, but we assure you that it can be simple! It’s all about the preparation. If you follow these helpful steps, you’ll have a smooth installation for beautiful paved walkway.

Plan Around Installation Time

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The first thing to do is decide when you want to have your paver walkway installed. Believe it or not, there’s no golden rule for the best time. It really depends on how you want to use your yard, the weather and when is the best overall time for your lifestyle.

Pros of Spring & Summer Paver Installation:

The warmer seasons are a favorite time to get walkway projects done because the ground isn’t frozen. Mild weather usually means that the project can be completed faster. However, keep in mind that this is still a big undertaking and if you like to entertain in your yard, your walkway or patio installation may bring outdoor get-togethers to a halt until it’s completed.

Pros of Fall & Winter Paver Installation:

Despite what most people think, fall and winter can be a great time to install a patio. If it’s not too cold, it can be done quickly and without any interruption to your entertainment plants. With most of the plant dormant in these months, the installation is less likely to cause damage to your yard, and yet it’s an ideal time to plant landscape accents around your new feature!

Mark Your Utility Lines

Call Utility Companies

Before a professional landscaper comes to install your walkway, they’ll need to know where the utility lines are. These include electricity, telecommunications, gas, etc… they can be marked with little flags or wash away paint. This will ensure that no damage is done and that electrical work can easily be done if you desire to put landscape lighting in to complement your new walkway.

Know Your Grounds

An overview of a circular paver walkway

It’s important to have an idea of how you want your new walkway to look and where it will go. Do you want it straight or winding? Does your preferred path often puddle with ground water? Is the ground stable? The first question might be easy for you to answer, but the other two often require a professional landscaper to assess the land. At this point they will also be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate for your project and work out the design details with you.

Putting in a paver walkway is a beautiful landscape feature and should be showcased properly. You should ask yourself how you would like to best incorporate it into your overall landscape design. Perhaps you want outdoor lighting to line the path? Maybe you like the look of manicured flowerbeds? Whatever your preference, Hillsborough is here to make your new paver walkway a thing of pure curb appeal.

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