Path then lay grass, or other way around?

Hi there

We’re creating a new lawn area where we used to have an unlined gravel path and slabs. In autumn we did lots of rotovating and incorporating rotted manure and grit/sand into the lovely clay soil.

So now we’re gearing up to laying the lawn but we also want a slab path around some of it. So the question is do we lay the lawn, allow to establish and then add the path. Or are we best laying the slabs for the path and then lay the lawn?

Any advice most welcome x


  • AlchemistAlchemist OxfordPosts: 206
    First thoughts; if you are getting builders in, I’d lay the path first. Their boots have rotavators! If is a significant path you’d also save on the grass. Im sure you’d get advice from others who have done this. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,021
    Hard landscaping first.
    You'd find it difficult to avoid compacting the ground if it's done the other way round, and then you'll have to work at sorting out the lawn.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 5,048
    Yep, agree, lay the path first. As the others have said, you will find the ground gets trampled,  so much better to get that done then prepare for turf laying or seed sowing. Don't forget to make sure the lawn level is slightly above the path so the the mower goes over the slabs.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    Is normal practice as Fairy say's to do all the hard landscaping first.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Rachel55Rachel55 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the advice everyone, I’m glad everyone was in agreement with which way to proceed. Time to learn how to lay a path! 
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,057
    Laying slabs is hard work! Remember, bend the knees not the back :)
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,703
    If it's a continuous path then definitely path first.  If you plan to have a path of separate slabs set into the lawn, then lawn first.
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