Some people are fond of saying that life is not about the destination, it’s all about the journey. You ponder on that bit of wisdom for awhile but if you talking about designing the perfect pathway for your garden, it is really about both. A perfectly planned garden has a pathway that is pleasing to the eye and is a work of art all on its own. Read on and find out how to design a pathway for your garden.
Using A Wooden Path
You’ve more then likely walked on a boardwalk-style path before and it is ideal for any property that has slopes since it works well for a step-down path built on a terrace. It is also the right choice for areas that stay wet since it elevates you above those wet areas. Plus wood is lighter than stones and other objects used to build paths so it is easier to haul about. The secret to making a wooden path work is to build a good foundation of sand and to properly level the planks.
Building A Stepping Stone Path
One of the most common and attractive options for paths, stones that curve about your garden are an open invitation for guests to explore. They should be installed almost flush with the ground and you should leave at least a couple if inches between them. Just like a wooden path, a good sand foundation is the key.
Other Materials You Can Use For A Path
You are not limited by any means to just wood and stones to build a path for your garden. You can use gravel and it can be installed rather easily with a shovel and wheelbarrow. Other materials you may want to consider include mulch, river rock, and natural stone. Some gardeners have done some amazing work with these materials and you can as well.
Keeping Your Garden Path Looking Good
It matters not what materials you use, you can expect that you’ll end up with stains from lichen, algae, mildew, and mold. And these present more problems than just cosmetic. Algae in particular can become very slippery and you or one of your guests could very well be seriously injured in a slip and fall accident. There are a number of products on the market that are made to clean surfaces such as wood and stone, or if you have a high pressure hose or a pressure washer, that will do the job of keeping them clean, looking good, and safe for you, your family, and your friends.
You cannot go wrong with any of these choice for a garden pathway as beautiful creations have been done with all of these materials and more. Your imagination is your only limit and it’s OK to experiment and change things around every once in awhile. Just make sure you do not cut any corners when you construct the foundation and make sure the wood, stone, or other materials you