Creating A Self Binding Pathway

Self Binding gravel is an easy and affordable material that anyone can use to update their outside spaces.

Although you don’t have as many colour options as you get with standard gravel chippings, Self Binding gravel will bring that modern and natural touch to your project.

It’s made up from a blend of 6mm, 8mm or 10mm sized gravel particles, dust, sand and clay, that when wet and compacted, bond together to form a hard surface.

Why choose Self Binding gravel?

Maintenance free! Once laid, Self Binding gravel requires almost no maintenance at all. Maybe the odd bit of weeding.

Easy to lay! With the right tools to hand, it’s very simple to create your own pathway.

Affordable. Although slightly more expensive than standard gravel chippings, Self Binding gravel is still affordable.

It looks great. If you’re looking to achieve a more modern and natural look to your outside space, Self Binding gravel is exactly what you need!

What you need to get started on your own pathway

To get you on your way, you’ll need some tools. We recommend having line marker paint, a shovel, wheelbarrow, wacker plate or vibrating roller, and a hosepipe to hand.

The materials you’ll need are some edging, you can use wooden sleepers, stone edging or bendable metal for curved areas, Type 1 sub base 803 aggregate and your Self Binding gravel. If you’re unsure of how much you’ll need, head over to our handy calculators!

Our step by step guide

Step 1:

Mark out the area you wish to gravel using the line marker paint and get digging!

For pathways or low traffic areas, we recommend digging to a depth of 120-140mm. 60-80mm of this will be your sub base and the remaining 40-60mm for the Self Binding gravel.

Step 2:

Time to put the edging in.

Put the edging material in at the desired height and pin them into place, making sure they’re strong enough to hold the material in place.

Step 3:

Once the edging is in, you need to put down the sub base.

The easiest way to do this is to tip the type 1 803 into piles and rake them across the area evenly.

Once its all down, run the wacker plate or vibrating roller across the surface to compact it down nice and tight.

Step 4:

Now for the Self Binding gravel!

With the gravel, you need to place it down so its roughly 20-30mm higher than your edging. This allows for it to be compacted down to the same height as the edge (ignore this if your final gravel height is staying lower than your edge).

Once you have spread an even layer across the area, you can compact it down, getting it wet as you go. It’s a good idea to leave the middle of the pathway slightly higher than the edges to allow rain water to run off either side.

Step 5:

Now it’s time to sit back and admire all of your hard work!