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How to Lay an Asphalt Path

By Nicholl McGuire ; Updated September 21, 2017

Looking to save money by delivering and laying your own asphalt path? If so, it is very easy to do with the right tools and proper preparation of the site.

Choose where you want to lay your asphalt path.

Measure the dimensions of your path and stake it out with string.

Take the measurements to your local home improvement store and ask the clerk to calculate how much asphalt and gravel you will need. Asphalt comes in black, brown, gray, brick and other colors, so decide what you want before visiting the store.

Pour 2 or 3 inches of gravel on top of the foundation for the path. The foundation should be free of debris or plant material and should be tamped down before installation of the path.

Rake the gravel until it is evenly spread.

Open your bags of asphalt and pour it on top of the gravel bed.

Heat the head of the rake over a low flame. This will make the raking process easier.

Rake out the asphalt across the entire path.

Sprinkle colored chips onto the asphalt if you would like to break up the solid color.

Roll the path for compaction. Allow it 48 to 72 hours to settle before using it.


Things You Will Need

  • Rake
  • Assistant to help with lifting
  • Gravel
  • Asphalt
  • Colored chips (optional)

About the Author


Freelance writer and author Nicholl McGuire has been providing content to websites since 2006 in the areas of property management, family, spirituality, and relationship. McGuire is the author of four books: "When Mothers Cry," "Laboring to Love an Abusive Mate," "Laboring to Love Myself," and "Floral Beauty on a Deadend Street."