BUILD A HOMETRAIL®
The cost & fantasies of building your dream home trail are better served by hiring a licensed professional landscaper to make your dream a reality.
Check with local city or county building department for any required permits and local utilities for possible utility lines on your property.
Purchase perfect HomeTrail® plan, comes with a license to allow copies of the designs and 100% construction; non-exclusive rights. Find a Licensed Contractor for written estimate to complete construction (See helpful links).
Provide purchased plan and written landscape ideas with trail type, materials and amenities for your dream yardscape to contractor (See helpful links).
DIY (if you dare):
Generally, Things You’ll Need:
Topographic map of the area (if acres and wanting to go all out)
Saw or chain saw
Materials and tools for building trial and amenities.
Surfacing material for yardscape such as topsoil, gravel rock stone...
Trail markers (optional).
Survey the area in which you would like to build your HomeTrail. Walk through the area and take note of potential hazards, as well as any particularly scenic views you would like the trail to pass by.
Rough out your trail on paper-plan where provided. Are you trying to build a trail that goes from point A to point B or encompass entire yardscape. Sketch a map of your anticipated trail but prepare to adjust it as conditions warrant.
If possible, plan your trail around the land's natural features. Rather than trying to cut through any existing plant or tree consider going around it. Can you avoid the low, wet spot; minimize number adjustments you’ll have to make build trail going through spot?
Remove larger trees with a saw or chain saw (PRO RECOMMENDED). Use caution when felling trees, and wear eye and ear protection when using a chain saw. Ask someone else to do the job if you have no experience removing trees. Cut down as few trees as possible.
Clear away scrub and brush with pruning shears, hand saw. If possible, pile the trimmings so they can decompose and return to the soil. If area is grassy or weedy, you may be able to clear with mower.
Roll stones yard debris out of the way, using a shovel if necessary.
If your trail goes up any inclines, you might want to reinforce it to aid in traction and minimize erosion. Build trails with recommended materials with what’s best for your HomeTrail. Avoid using tree roots for footing, as this will damage and possibly kill the tree over time. Consider building the trail to slowly zigzag up a slope, instead of taking the hilly areas in a straight line.
Decide what surface you want visit see helpful links, visit local stores educate yourself on right one for you! Widen the trail by removing existing vegetation with a metal rake, and you can also spread topsoil, gravel or crushed rock or concrete-ashfualt to create a more even walking-running surface inline with the goals for your HomeTrail®.
BEFORE U DIG (contact yuor local utility protection service to mark your property possible utilitry lines)
BUILDING A RUNNING TRACK