7 March 2022
How to create a Serpentine Path
The serpentine path is a wonderful solution when you want an exciting and dynamic path to wind it's way around various features in the garden. A "serpentine shape" is any of certain curved shapes of an object or design, and the adjective is derived from the word serpent - a curve that is symmetric about the origin of and asymptotic to the x-axis It's design also gives you the opportunity to make your own decisions about the precise shape and route of the path until the last minute.
1. Choose your material - use segments B and C of anyone of our stone circles. concrete stone circle segments. The segments are set down in pairs to form two-slab wedges, and alternative wedges are reversed along the course of the path;
2. Design- Take three or four paired segments and place them on the lawn. Along the length of your proposed route, experiment with the various arrangements in order to see how the design of the path will look;
3. Groundworks- mark the edge of the path with spray paint, and then stack neatly to the side the loose slabs. Remove the turf and dig down to a depth of 125 mm. A 100 mm depth of compacted hardcore is spread over the earth;
4. Laying- lay the slabs onto a bed of mortar (ratio 1 part cement to 5 parts sharp sand) 25 mm thick, and tamp down level with a rubber mallet. Leave a 10-20 mm gap for pointing;
5. Pointing- When the mortar has set, point the paving segments with a mortar mix of 1 part cement to 4 parts soft building sand. Use the end of a spoon to smooth the mortar.