The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Appendix.V. Note on Walks and Roads.

Gravel for walks and roads

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In our remarks on walks and roads, we omitted to say anything of the best manner of making gravel walks. We may here state that, where it can easily be procured, pure pit gravel is preferable to all other materials for this purpose, as it binds almost at once, and becomes a firm and solid mass nearly as hard as a stone floor. Beach gravel, not having any mixture of loamy particles, does not become hard until after a good deal of rolling, and a little loam is often mixed with it to secure its tenacity and firmness. A very thin coat of gravel will render a walk superior to a path which consists only of the natural soil, and such surfacing, in our dry climate (though it frequently requires renewing), is often sufficient for distant walks, or those little used except in fine weather. But the approach road, and all walks immediately about the dwelling, should be laid at least a foot thick with gravel, to insure dryness, and a firm footing at all times and seasons. The lower six inches is better executed when filled with small stones -placing the six inches of gravel on the top of these, and there are few new places where this is not a convenient mode of getting rid of the small stones that require to be taken out of the gardens, and various parts of the premises undergoing improvement.