Renovating a Brick Pathway
I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post this but I couldn't find another where it would fit.
I own a 95 year old house, that I moved into last year or so ago.
The front pathway is brick, the brick itself is in good condition however, over the years the walkway has evidently not been cared for (along with the rest of the house) and because of it, has shifted substantially. The bricks are not level and the material which they are sitting in (whatever it was to begin with) is either non-existent in some areas or loose and very porous in others. It seems to be on a gravel bed, not sure.
Because of this weed control is a particularly challenging problem. We're constantly pulling clumps of them out from between the bricks. Thankfully, they come out easily but still, back breaking.
We had the front steps that come up from the street repaired as these were in danger of falling apart completely; relaid and repointed, etc. We couldn't use the original bricks as they were so deteriorated at that area and finding ones which matched the existing was difficult. It also, cost a small fortune.
I do not have the money to re-do the path at this time, or ever most likely. I've already doubled in repair costs what I paid for the house initially and there are still other more pressing items to finish before a path replacement would be high on the list; as it's rather long and wide and I know it will be pricey.
So, is there an economical way to make the brick more stable in the ground? Are we able to fill between the bricks with something to stabilize them, or are we doomed to taking the path up completely and resetting it all? It isn't quite a tripping hazard - yet, but it certainly isn't flat enough to make me feel totally comfortable either.
I appreciate any help offered.