A Walkway Reveal

The former owner of our house had built a simple walkway from the driveway to the front door using a series of cement pavers.  The walkway was nice, but we quickly learned that it was a pain to mow the lawn and weed whack around these pavers.  I wanted to fix it up somehow to make it a more functional, more beautiful, and easier to maintain walkway!

For this project, we bought 30 bags of landscaping rock, 20-some solar lights, and 16 red geraniums from Lowe’s.
The digging begins!  Using a combination of a hand shovel, flat shovel, and regular shovel, we dug up the grass surrounding each cement paver.  We used a scrap wood 2×4 from our garage as a guide to ensure that we were digging the same amount of both sides.  

As I explained in my last post, we used to have a patio in the front yard, which we transferred to the back yard. What resulted was a bald spot in our front yard. To ensure that the sod that we were currently digging up didn’t go to waste, we transplanted the grass from the walkway to the bare patch where the patio used to be located.

Digging up the grass was the hardest and most time-consuming part of this project.  Whenever we had a large section of the walkway removed, however, we took a break from digging and started on the next step, which involved these bags of red lava rock from Lowe’s.
We stuck the solar lights into the ground and planted the geraniums in a pattern along the walkway.  The red lava rocks were used to fill in the gaps between the flowers, solar lights, cement pavers, and the lawn.  Not only do they look pretty neat, but they’ll be reusable every year and will help with drainage!

As we continued down the walkway, we made sure to fill in the bare patio area of our yard with the fresh sod.  There had been a slight hill between the patio and the lawn, so we also dug up about five or six wheelbarrow’s worth of dirt to even out the surface.

It took us two days to dig up the grass for the walkway, but that was because we worked at our own pace, and were often distracted by Corgis who wanted to play fetch.

Ready for the reveal?

Here’s the before:
And here’s the after!

The sod turned out great!  We’ve been watering it every day to take care of it.  You can barely tell that a patio used to be here!

A few details:

I love our front yard now.  It seems much more inviting and polished.  This project was a simple one, but it sure does make a statement.  It was well worth the effort!

It’s also Mac-approved!
Hope you like it, too!

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30 thoughts on “A Walkway Reveal”

  1. It all looks beautiful. Great transformation. We recently planted sod due to our backyard renovations and have been watering like crazy, I'm happy to say that none died and it's all growing perfectly.
    Your Mac cat looks just like my Charlie cat! Exactly in fact~rings on the tail too. :0)


  2. What a great job on the walkway! It really turned out beautiful! Love the red rock with the pavers as well oh and the relaxing cat:))It really makes your front yard look like a million bucks!


  3. I'm impressed!! You gave me some inspiration for my walkway in the backyard!! Lots of labor but well worth it. Your home looks so cozy and neat!!
    Gmama Jane


  4. This is absolutely lovely. I'm inspired to do something like that for my front yard. Also, your Corgis are adorable. My daughter got a corgi puppy a couple of months ago. Too cute! Love your cat too. He looks like one I had many years ago. My cat was named Marlowe (after Philip Marlowe).
    Enjoyed this. 🙂


  5. Looks incredible ! Just curious how you are going to control grass growth under the rocks ? I am planning a walkway and was thinking marble rock but would like your thoughts – pulling weeds/grass from under the rock is something I am really hoping to avoid. Thank you for this fabulous idea and once again IT LOOKS GREAT : )


  6. Looks incredible ! Just curious how you are going to control grass growth under the rocks ? I am planning a walkway and was thinking marble rock but would like your thoughts – pulling weeds/grass from under the rock is something I am really hoping to avoid. Thank you for this fabulous idea and once again IT LOOKS GREAT : )


  7. Honey, sometimes too much of something is just too much. This would apply to your lights and flowers. Get rid of the flowers first off (plant them elsewhere) and maybe space your solar lights every two pavers instead of every other. Also, press them into the ground just a bit more.


  8. Their idea was a good one. However, they should have layed down weed mat prior to the rock to keep weeds from growing and bender board at the parameter of the grass to keep the rocks from getting on to the lawn. (Rocks are very hard on mower blades )


  9. Just a question. I'm planning to do this to my front yard (it's super mini and mowing such a small area is a waste). However, my yard has a slight incline. I feel if I just stick stones there, they would move. How do you get them to stay put?


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