TODAY   |  April 06, 2013

How to create the perfect garden path

“Anybody can do this,” said the Home Depot’s Mike Cartozza. He said that creating a path is a simple project that can make a big impact. TODAY’s Lester Holt interviews Mike Cartozza.

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>>> depot, mike, great to see you.

>> great to see you.

>> love having you on. i thought we would be demonstrating snow blowers. it's so cold out.

>> it would be appropriate today.

>> we're going to talk about spring and laying down pavers. you dug out a path for t how far down would you dig in the grass?

>> four to six inches. before you do this, the best thing to do is think about where you need a path. have you worn a muddy path in the side of your grass where you walk all the time? you have a wooded area you're trying to utilize? before you start this, actually take your pavers and lay them out in the configuration you think you're going to do and live with that for a couple of days. that way you can make some adjustments if you need to. once you start this, you're pretty committed.

>> once you do it, you put some stakes down to create the path?

>> measure out the distance you need, the width you need it to be. add up the size of the pavers, decide how much space you want inside of them. whatever that width, measure between these as you put those in the ground to keep yourself on track and ensure it's the same width.

>> tell me about the base layer you got going.

>> you want to add this base layer, first gray layer. that's a paver base. what that will do is there's four inches of it. it makes a nice firm foundation for the path. but it's not solid because it's not concrete.

>> so you can work your pavers in there.

>> water can seep out of it. that keep it is nice and dry. on top of that, add an inch of finishing sand. that's a little more -- you can work with that a little more th with the paver base.

>> tamp that in?

>> you want it to be four inches once this compacts. add some more, tamp it. add some more. tamp it. you may want to rent a compacter, a machine that will do that for you. that gets it nice and level and gets a nice foundation for the actual pavers. what we're doing is having them nice and perpendicular. you don't have to do that. you can put them in any configuration, at an angle if you want. these come in all different kinds of sizes, shapes and colors.

>> you have th them spaced about an inch apart? that's optimal?

>> there are no rules. it's whatever you want . that's just easier because with a two-by-four, you can use those so you're nice and consistent throughout the process. lay these out and once you've used these, obviously, you can move them. slide these in the sand, allowing you to work that in and get it nice and level.

>> fill it in with some gravel?

>> we have these pea pebbles to fill them in. this is a popular look and they're easy to work with. pour those on there and sweep them into place. if you have extras, you can remove those at the end. you can use anything.

>> no sealer afterwards?

>> no. just like this. and it's finished. once you get these all in place, they're nice and finished. and you have your paver path.

>> anybody can do this.

>> next week, snow shovels. no,