April 3, 2018 Ed Stam

Garden Paths and Walkways for Your Landscape

Garden paths and walkways for your landscape are generally a necessary hardscape element in most designs. Your landscape may contain functional areas such as a sandbox for the kids, or purely aesthetic elements such as a small fountain or pond. Regardless, you need to plan access from one area to another to prevent visitors from traipsing where they are not supposed to, and provide an easy path for regular maintenance.

All gardens have paths, whether planned or otherwise. A well-designed path keeps your feet dry and provides safe access to the various elements in your landscape. Without proper planning, people will create their own path and often these paths just look worn out and aren’t great in adverse weather. A successful garden path shapes and defines your landscape features and works to make the property more inviting.

Plan Your Path

Garden paths and walkways for your landscape only work as well as the route you choose. The obvious place to start is the primary path that leads to/from your front and back door. The primary paths typically lead to the street or sidewalk.

Secondary paths can branch off and extend further into the landscape. Even if you don’t have a large property, smaller secondary paths are great for framing your landscape. They can lead to a vegetable garden or a secluded sitting area surrounded by foliage. Keep in mind the lines you choose can change the visual effect of your garden. Straight and narrow paths can make a garden appear longer, while a curved path draws your eye from side-to-side. Each can be desirable depending on the overall theme of your garden.

Path Materials

Garden paths and walkways can be made out of almost any material, ranging from inexpensive to very high-end. You could build a path out of gravel, concrete, flagstone, bricks, pavers or even mulch. Always consider safety and practicality when choosing your path material. You will want to avoid loose materials such as gravel or bark near entryways as people will track them inside. Gravel is great for a casual secondary path that leads through a vegetable garden.

Gravel and crushed stone is low-cost and fast-draining. However you might prefer the exotic look and textures of brick, ceramic tile or concrete pavers. With those materials you can create almost any shape and pattern you desire, while also providing a solid surface that is durable and easier to walk on.

Natural stone provides the subtle elegance not available with other materials. Natural stone comes in irregular shapes or can be cut to uniform size.

If you are interested in garden paths and walkways for your landscape, or would like to upgrade and existing path, call the landscape design experts at Blossom Hill!

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