PATHS

A path need not be ambitious, but of whatever medium it is constructed it should be not less than 2 ft. in width; where space admits it could be double that width. All paths, also, should be thoroughly foundationed with a layer at least 6 in. thick of clinker, stone and rubble, 1 ft. below the surface, rammed well in. Over this put earth and ash beaten in, and then the surfacing. Crazy paving is usually laid level, as are cement and concrete, but beaten earth or gravel paths are cambered (sloped toward each side) to allow water to run off instead of soaking in. To secure the camber, a board is cut the width of the path and the curve of the chosen camber . The underlay of earth between foundation and surface is raked to heap up along the middle and then beaten to conform to the camber, the board being moved along as the work proceeds. It is then much easier to get a good cambering on the surface, rather than attempting to do all the cambering operation on the surfacing material. For eradicating weeds from paths, see WEEDS.

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