Wooden saw cut is the simplest and cheapest material from which you can make a wonderful path in the country. It is up to you to decide whether it will zip through the flower beds or lead straight to a cozy corner of rest. And we will tell you how to do it according to the rules and with the least effort.
The preparation of the cuts takes the most time. Usually, the paths are made from old wood growing on the site, or the remains of building materials. In any case, it is desirable that it was hard wood. Aspen is ideal, larch and acacia are durable, pine and spruce serve well.
It is important to adhere to this rule: first dry the logs and then saw them, otherwise they will crack. Calculate the diameter and thickness (height) of the cuts depending on the expected load. At the same time, paving made of round timber of different diameters looks especially interesting and, moreover, perfectly solves the problem with gaps.
Clean the sawn workpieces from bark, under which bugs can start. Then cover the ends and sides with anti-rotting agents. Saturate well, otherwise fungus will form and the path will become slippery after rain. As protection, you can choose a special antiseptic or use materials at hand. For example, soak the wood with a solution of copper sulfate (20%): pour it into a large container and lower the cuts for 2-3 days, then dry in the shade.
Сoat with boiled linseed oil
Under the influence of vitriol, the tree quickly darkens. However, it retains its natural shade when treated with drying oil. Bring it to a boil on a fire in a large iron tank, let it cool slightly and use a brush to apply it to the cuts from all sides. It is more convenient to saturate the workpieces if you put them on top of each other.
Preparing the base
While the slices are soaked in linseed oil, prepare a base for them. Remove weeds from the selected area and mark the boundaries of the path with pegs, pulling a rope between them. If you dig a groove on the floor of a shovel bayonet, you will need too much sand. A depth of 10-12 cm is enough for her.
Pour a drainage gravel-sand layer into the ditch, level, water abundantly and tamp. Wet the sand so that it lays down more densely and evenly. Create a slope under the drain so that water does not linger on the walkway.
We lay the cuts
After the gravel-sand layer dries up, lay the cuts, placing them tightly in accordance with the dimensions. Check with a building level that all sections lie in the same plane, and if necessary, siege them with a sledgehammer. Fill the gaps with sand, which prevents weeds from growing and securely fixes the cuts, and then sweep the cover so that the gaps are completely filled with sand and it lies at the level of the blocks.
For complete compaction, pour the backfill abundantly from the watering can several times with a break of 1-2 hours. The next day you can walk along the path.