A Little Garden Walkway Out of Pallet Boards

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Desiring a way to walk from my driveway to the lawn, I decided a chunk of flowerbed had to go... and instead, created this easy pallet wood walkway in just a couple of hours!
These planks were found in a pile of pallet wood rubble. The slightly thicker boards make water run off a dream.
They haven't been treated with anything, and are still going strong 3 years and counting!
Here's how I did it:
Welcome to my little pallet wood garden walkway! Doesn't this resemble a beach boardwalk? Very simple to make!
Here is the before shot. I desired to reach the lawn from the driveway. So let's get to work!
Removing a few shrubs was the first step. Then new soil was placed, so it would be nice and workable around the boards.
Each plank was positioned into the soil for stability. A few plants and rocks later, it was done.
There is no sealer on this walkway. It's shown while wet. But you could certainly seal it with something outdoor durable.
This is the walkway at 3 years old!
Be sure to click the link below to see the full tutorial.
And here's another! A TWO PALLET WALKWAY HERE

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Have a question about this project?

6 questions
  • Pea4943303
    on Mar 6, 2016

    How do I get free pallets??

    • Lis1839073
      on Mar 15, 2016

      I got my free pallets when they were building a house across the street from me. They were throwing them away in a portable dumpster. I also see them behind businessess. Hope this helps.

    • Maggie   Gallagher
      Maggie Gallagher
      on Mar 19, 2016

      yes hard to get in Nova Scotia for free, but i snagged 2 yesterday and hope to make my raised garden in them .love the boardwalk..

    • Leslie Milne
      Leslie Milne
      on May 16, 2016

      Ask hardware stores or anywhere they get heavy shipments.

    • Beth Jones
      Beth Jones
      on Sep 13, 2016

      My local Lowes stores always has a plie of them behind thier store.

    • Diana
      on Jan 26, 2017

      Look for pallets marked with HT ...means it is heat treated not chemical treated, safe to use indoors....

    • Mkp10349128
      on Jan 29, 2017

      Stores that sell rocks and stones will have them be sure they're out by the street or curb so that they are up for grabs and you're not stealing them

    • I suggest to drive through an industrial area. It's best to ask if they are giving them away for free though as many return them to companies for reimbursement.

  • Fle5071961
    on Apr 12, 2016

    I see all these wonderful pallet ideas but the pallets are not treated and so would rot very quickly. Do you treat the pallets, if so can you tell me how you do it. Thanks Fleur

    • Leslie Milne
      Leslie Milne
      on May 16, 2016

      Most are treated so bugs don't get them. Only the ones made for "one time use" are untreated. Like those that come packaged inside a box with an appliance or something. That's why most pallets are not safe for indoor use. I cringe when I see them in kids rooms and living rooms! There is a spray that detects if it's treated or not.

    • Hi @Fleurhansby some pallets appear to rot quicker than others. I personally just replace them if they do, but one could certainly use sealants or stains to help.

  • Ashley
    on May 25, 2016

    When you say it's raised so water can clear through, how did you raise them?

    • Hi @Ashley the boards are thick, not laying flat on the ground, but more, raised in height. This led to good water run off. ie: sections of a 2x4 would work great! It's the thickness that's the key.

  • Karen
    on Aug 29, 2017

    its beautiful but won't the boards rot and get moldy not treated and on the ground? Does it rain there a lot? We're in Texas and I feel like they would break apart after a year. Any idea?
    • Hi Karen, after several years, the boards have rotted, however I didn't worry about that, because this project is easy to replace.

      You could always set the boards onto a gravel bed first if desired, and treat the wood before placing it down. I just didn't worry about it. :)
    • Karen
      on Aug 30, 2017

      Okay thanks for letting me know!
  • Diane
    on Jun 24, 2019

    Love it! I plan to do something like this at our place in the mountains -- it is a wet area, so I will probably lay down gravel first. Someone who lived there before us lined it with concrete "blocks" but I will remove them. The path leads from our back porch to the arbor. Don't you think a plank walkway will be great here? (Here is the space "before"):

  • PeprmintPatti
    on Jun 23, 2020

    Didn’t you have to sand the boards to keep splinters away?

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