This little project began in July 2011, HERE.
Creating a pallet wood garden walkway came to mind one day. The yard was getting a major revamp with the help of my wonderful neighbours. Shrubs were being pulled, new soil was hauled in, and I desired a pathway…
from the driveway to the lawn. Right where all these overgrown shrubs were.
These reclaimed pallet or crate boards (not sure what they are) had been packratted (sp?) away long ago and were the perfect length!
A level pathway was dug lower than the driveway, then the boards were placed into position.
It really couldn’t have been a simpler project.
The boards were left loose so they could be lifted up whenever the desire for weeding was needed. It works fabulous! Although the boards are thick enough to stay put, I did push a little soil in between to hold them in place moreso.
There were lots of rocks to be had in the old garden so they were placed randomly, filling in for the lack of plants. Make that no plants.
So we went and bought plants of the rock garden variety.
And there you have it!
The wood was not treated with anything. It’s lasted 3 years now with no rot issues. No idea why! But yes, treating the wood would have it last longer for certain. Sand or gravel below a pallet walkway could also be a good idea. I just went with soil and it’s worked out fine. If the boards rot, I will simply replace them.
We have no termite issues but if you do, use caution with this project near your house.
Wet wood can be slippery. Use some sand in a sealer if slippery may be an issue for your own walkway.
The boards stay in place due to the depth of them. Part of the boards are slightly embedded in the soil which keeps them in place.
The boards in this post came from a big pile of torn apart crates and pallets. I’m not certain exactly where these boards were off of or from.
The little curvy pathway is PERFECT for getting into the yard now. Such a simple project made such a big impact on the way we use our yard.
And I love that bench we plunked in the front yard. It entices lots of neighbourly conversation and is a really nice spot to sit with a coffee and watch the kiddos play.