How to Pour a Concrete Walkway in Your Yard
By: Danny Lipford
There are many materials that can be used to create a walkway or path in your yard including stone, brick, gravel, and concrete. WalkMaker® concrete forms from Quikrete are a DIY-friendly way to pour a concrete path and are available in several patterns that mimic brick and stone.
To construct a walkway using the WalkMaker, position the form, fill it with concrete, then move the form to the next position. By repeating this action you’ll be able to create a pathway of any length. Here’s how to go about it:
- Determine the location of the path and remove any existing grass or obstacles.
- For extra support, add a layer of gravel before pouring the concrete.
- The concrete can be colored by mixing Quikrete colorant with the water before adding it to the concrete mix (we used “buff” colorant).
- Place the WalkMaker on the path, and fill the form with a stiff concrete mix.
- Use a trowel to pack the concrete in the form and a screed to smooth the concrete level with the top.
- To give the concrete a nonslip textured finish, go over the top of the wet concrete with a brush or broom.
- Pull up the form and smooth the edges of the concrete using a damp trowel.
- Reposition the form and repeat these steps until the desired length of the walkway is achieved.
- When the concrete has hardened, pour a dry polymer modified sand mix like Quikrete PowerLoc™ Jointing Sand on the joints, and use a broom to sweep it into the cracks between the stones.
- Apply water to the jointing sand to harden it, using a spray nozzle on a garden hose.
- Be sure the jointing sand has set before using the walk.
Watch this video to find out more.
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