–How many times have you thought it would be nice to have a small patio under that special tree in your backyard. Imagine lounging in the shade with a pitcher of lemonade and your favorite book, maybe even taking a short nap or two.
What about that DG (decomposed granite) pathway between the hay barn and the horse stalls? The one you refill every few years because the horses tramp all over it. Wouldn’t it be nice to stabilize that path so there is no more dodging the slippery spots when it rains?
Do-it-yourself (DIY) patios and pathways are easier than you think using materials and the G3 Pathway Stabilizer solution from San Luis Obispo’s landscape supply, Central Coast Landscape Products.
G3 Pathway Stabilizer is an eco-friendly liquid stabilizer for DG and crushed stone mixes. It creates a durable dust free surface by bonding crushed aggregates and forming natural surfaces. Here’s how in six easy steps:
- Mark and measure where you want the patio or path to be.
- Figure out how much drain rock, DG, or other crushed rock you need
- Decide how much border or retaining materials you need
- Order everything you need
- Build the patio or pathway
- Apply the G3 Pathway Stabilizer
Measuring length, width and depth tells you how much DG or crush you are going to need. Figure in the length from start to end, how wide you want it to be, and 3 to 4 inches for depth. If the area you are filling is uneven, you might want to calculate in an extra inch or two depending on how deep the variations are.
If there is enough variation in depth, consider using drain rock to create a level surface for the surface material.
How much DG and rock do you need?
Decide how much border or retaining supplies you need
If the area you are covering has one end higher than the other you can measure the slope.
Tie a string to a stake at the highest end and slide a line level onto the string. Have someone hold the end of the string over the lowest spot. When the string is level, as indicated by the bubble on the level, measure the distance from the end of the level string to the ground.
This measurement tells you how many inches of retaining materials you need to create a level surface and to keep the aggregate from leaking away.
Adding some kind of border, even to a level patio or pathway helps keep the DG or other crush in place.
Discuss the best retaining methods with the experts at Central Coast Landscape Products.
Place the order
Place the order anytime, but since the order will be delivered very quickly, consider having the space for the patio or path all cleared and prepared first. Then, when the materials and supplies arrive you can get them installed right away.
Include the G2 Pathway Stabilizer on your order.
Build the patio or pathway
A tractor with a bucket will come in handy for this part. If you don’t have access to one, or a tractor won’t fit in the space, be sure the materials are dropped as close to the location as possible. Loading and hauling rock and DG with shovel and wheelbarrow is hard work, but a great workout! Just be careful in the heat.
Apply the G3 Pathway Stabilizer
When everything is done, apply the G2 Pathway Stabilizer according to the instructions.
Be sure to discuss the use and application with the staff at Central Coast Landscape Products first.