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Simple Garden Path

6 Materials
$14
3 Hours
Easy

This is a simple wooden garden path that can be made with a few logs, a chain saw, some oil, and some time.
simple garden path
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.
simple garden path
Using a few sticks and a piece of string run a line directly down the center of where your path will be placed.



simple garden path
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.
simple garden path
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.
simple garden path
You can then treat the bottom sides with Linseed Oil since this will be in contact with the ground.
simple garden path
Lay out each disc along your string line evenly spacing them between the start and finish.
simple garden path
Level each disc in place using surrounding dirt + jumping on them to seat them into place.
simple garden path
Cover the surrounding area with wood chips. We were able to source all of ours for free from a local city park.
simple garden path
Mission accomplished! You now have a simple and beautiful walkway made from natural and free materials!
Check out the full walk-through video for a more detailed visual instruction.
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  • James Baxter
    on Sep 6, 2017

    Did you know that antifreeze is used to preserve wooden tables made of solids? This might be a possibility in future attempts and if you have pets use the safe version of antifreeze.
    • Shelly Moore
      on Mar 30, 2019

      They make several kinds of animal (and children) safe anti freeze. Peak, Prestone and Bobcat are a few of the bigger brand names, but there are many many other brands that make non toxic versions. Better for your dirt too, than some kinds of preservatives.

  • Leah
    on Mar 23, 2019

    Were the wood chips from the park treated? If not, they will attract termites. Beautiful walk.

    • JeanMarie Sullivan
      on Mar 23, 2019

      We didn’t use wood chips for that reason. Our yard was sandy grass around the “path”. Looked gorgeous for 2 years or so!

  • JeanMarie Sullivan
    on Mar 23, 2019

    We did this in Michigan many years ago. Did our wood slabs begin rotting & cracking within 3 years because we coated with varnish? I think we used oak. Do you have a wood suggestion?

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