Simple Garden Path

6 Materials
3 Hours

This is a simple wooden garden path that can be made with a few logs, a chain saw, some oil, and some time.
Start by preparing the area where your path is to be created. I used a tiller but you could easily do this by hand. This will help you level the path and each individual disc later on.
Using a few sticks and a piece of string run a line directly down the center of where your path will be placed.

Now it is time to cut up the wooden discs. I used some cottonwood logs I had laying around but any tree type will work just fine. Cut your discs about 2"-4" thick.
To preserve the wood from rotting I treated the top sides of each disc with used motor oil. You can also use Linseed oil for this step if you are worried about leaching. Pour on the oil and brush it on fairly thick and allow it time to soak into the wood.
You can then treat the bottom sides with Linseed Oil since this will be in contact with the ground.
Lay out each disc along your string line evenly spacing them between the start and finish.
Level each disc in place using surrounding dirt + jumping on them to seat them into place.
Cover the surrounding area with wood chips. We were able to source all of ours for free from a local city park.
Mission accomplished! You now have a simple and beautiful walkway made from natural and free materials!
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  • Heather
    on Jan 17, 2020

    I really love this look. Well done. We were actually going to do this a few years back but a neighbour warned us that they would be very slippy when wet. Have you problem with this ? Anyway, enjoy :)

  • Al Pagano
    on Aug 21, 2020

    How do you keep the bark on? when my dried up the bark fell off and got ants.

  • Sheryl
    on Aug 27, 2020

    I was just wondering how to preserve the wood rings? We put one at a park for the children to observe and count the rings! We sanded and coated it with a clear coat of wood preservative but it’s been less than a year and it’s already turned black and the bark has chipped off! Is there a better way to do this or a place to buy already preserved wood slices that don’t cost a great deal?

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  • Tiena Nobles
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Like your path! It looks great!

  • Ivycrafter
    on Aug 21, 2020

    We did this project five years ago. We soaked our log slices in wood-preservative, but just this month we dug them up and threw them away because they were all rotting. And, yes, they were a bit slippery when wet.

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