Asked on Jun 12, 2020

Easiest way to replace a walkway/sidewalk?

Kathy Gunter LawJohnavallance82Irina


I removed a crumbled paver walkway (17 ft. long & 2 ft. wide) and I am looking for replacement ideas. It has a slope leading down to the driveway. I left the bottom step as it was still in good condition. It has to be something that can be shoveled in the winter without being damaged. As I am doing this myself, (a single woman) I need something that is fairly easy to install. I have no one to help with anything heavy.

11 answers
  • You could try a brick path - the bricks could be delivered to you. Here's a link for you:

  • Dee
    on Jun 13, 2020

    Home Depot , Lowes and Menards deliver. Get some nice bricks and lay them in a crisscross pattern. Fill the cracks with sand, using a broom. You could also go another way and get Pea gravel. would require no maintenance.

  • Flipturn
    on Jun 13, 2020

    A pea gravel walkway is not practical during the winter. Melting and freezing snow cause patches of ice to form around the individual gravel bits, which can be a real slip hazard, as the ice is often not entirely visible. As well, it is difficult to shovel snow on pea gravel without dislodging it.

  • William
    on Jun 13, 2020

    Here are some ideas and concepts based on your capabilities.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    Lifestyles Homes
    on Jun 13, 2020

    If you put bricks or pavers on top of this, you’ll need some “side rails” to keep them from working their way apart.

    bender board, pressure treated 2x4’s or plastic landscape edging can all work, if properly stakes in place.

    i would use polymeric sand, to lock them in.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jun 13, 2020

    Hello. Sometimes projects like this can be backbreaking, but I thought this Hometalk link was very attractive Idea.

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on Jun 13, 2020

    A walkway that is easy to shovel is concrete. You can hire it done because it is a LOT easier that way and the cost is normally worth it compared to a lot of manual labor.

  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H
    on Jun 14, 2020

    We recently paid someone to put in a new sidewalk. We got three bids on the job, and all named prices were close. We liked a sidewalk that had been done by one of them, which he gave as a reference and he did a great job. Usually my husband has either mixed the concrete or had it delivered, plus made the forms. It's a lot of work, so I was glad we hired it out. I was going to put in a small walkway in the garden when my son-in-law gave me several. Boy, they were heavy, plus to do it right, I had to level, etc. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Irina
    on Jun 14, 2020

    Check out this website for backyard ideas and here is a great article with pictures for some inspiration for your backyard path

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jun 14, 2020

    Hello Andrea,

    I see you have an edging to the bed with bark chips! I would suggest you put an edge in the other side against the lawn, then you will have an area confined and you could lay shingle or small slabs with shingle around them. Best wishes.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jun 15, 2020

    You can pour it again. Hardware stores sell a "just add water" ready mix in bags. Mix in a wheel barrow with a hoe. You will be okay on the mulch side but you will need a wooden edge for the grass side and end. I would use a 2x4. Pour the mix into the space and smooth with a damp trowel.

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