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enigma99

Now that I have filled every hole in the yard, I am thinking about redoing my walkways. Part of the yard is gravel and black volcanic sand.

 I prefer to DIY but if it’s too hard, I could hire someone. Thoughts or suggestions? I have been thinking about pavers, stamped concrete, flagstone etc

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kinzyjr

Not sure what the budget might be, but if you want something a little more solid under your feet, you could use patio stones and/or pavers.

Here are some search results from Lowe's for you to peruse should you desire: https://www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=path+stones&catalog=4294612592

If red is your color, these might work: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Square-Red-Concrete-Patio-Stone-Common-12-in-x-12-in-Actual-11-7-in-x-11-7-in/3018985

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greysrigging

I went down the pavers type system.... except I collected my 'pavers' from illegal dump sites out in bush....ie lumps of concrete between one and two inches thick and of a size that I could comfortably lift into the back of my truck.  I sorta prepared the paths through my jungle with the shovel and rake, then mixed up a grout slurry of cement, then laid the broken concrete rubble like a crazy jigsaw puzzle with the pieces sorta being married in....gives a broken mosaic effect. I usually left a gap of between half and a full inch between the pieces and poured in grout to bind it all together.
Here's some pics..

 

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Of course, the colour ( like a building site ) looks not quite right, but after a Wet Season the paving now has that mossy aged look which is what I was looking for.
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Really full garden

Looks fantastic. How long did it take to complete?

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enigma99

Doug, looks perfect! Love it! I will grab some pavers from Lowe's after this pandemic cools off a bit. And the concrete finish looks good. Did you just use a mortar without all the rocks?

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greysrigging
Just now, enigma99 said:

Doug, looks perfect! Love it! I will grab some pavers from Lowe's after this pandemic cools off a bit. And the concrete finish looks good. Did you just use a mortar without all the rocks?

Mostly a mortar mix, stronger than necessary, 3 parts brickies sand and 1 part cement. Some of the rubble was a bit thicker say 2 and half to 3" so I did put a bit of bluemetal stone in the mix for strength and a bit of Bondcrete as well. Then I would bag it off with a sponge. Most was laid by eye and a 6' spirit level to try and get the drainage right.... there's a couple of low spots....but...oh well.....

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Cindy Adair

Looks great! 

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greysrigging
1 hour ago, Really full garden said:

Looks fantastic. How long did it take to complete?

Oh, I started 25 years ago... lol.....but the back yard and jungle paths I did last dry season in about 4 months.... but not treating it as paid employment, just a couple of hours in the mornings and then a few beers and hours in the late afternoons after the heat was gone. I really only did it when the mood took me, then had to rush before the first rains.

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PersistentPalms

In a previous life I moonlighted in landscape design...  made two kinds of pavers on this job (sorry for the crummy photos) Took 15 gallon pots, crammed Sabal palmetto leaves in the bottom and poured white cement on them, made for really deep relief pavers, hard to clean and wouldn't want to walk barefoot on them but lots of palmy awesomeness.  I also poured some plain circles, used glass tiles and floated a final topcoat up to level...  much easier on the foot and cleaner in appearance.  If nothing else maybe get the creative side of the brain flowing...

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greysrigging

Slightly off topic, but how is this for a creative use of old car tyres and left over paint ?
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DoomsDave
2 hours ago, greysrigging said:

Slightly off topic, but how is this for a creative use of old car tyres and left over paint ?
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Post surgery test for cardiac patients?

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jimmyt

@greysrigging Very clever and eye catching use of old tires I must say!  

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DoomsDave
15 hours ago, greysrigging said:

Slightly off topic, but how is this for a creative use of old car tyres and left over paint ?
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I could think of some really sadistic practical jokes to play using those painted tyres!

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DoomsDave

Here’s my paths; just bricks on gravel no cement.

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kinzyjr
2 hours ago, DoomsDave said:

Here’s my paths; just bricks on gravel no cement.

This is more my taste... a semi-natural look.

@greysrigging Nice work with the used tires.  At first glance, that's enough to give us yanks a heart attack!

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