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!
Full video at the SSLDad YouTube Channel!
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  • K
    on Jul 21, 2019

    Does the park know you took their chips?😆🤭

  • Barb
    on Oct 3, 2019

    Do the wood slices get slippery when wet?

  • Heather
    14 minutes ago

    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 :)

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  • Terese
    on Jul 21, 2019

    Used motor oil? That is a hazardous material. While I admire the natural log stepping path for homes where the look matches with the style of the home, used motor oil is not a good choice for anything. Check with your local (or any) Conservation Dept.

  • Holly
    on Jul 22, 2019

    Could fill in with small rocks around the wood instead of wood chips to make them stand out and pop a little more.

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