A beautiful pathway to a garden, backyard, or patio area is one of those projects that you wish you would have done sooner. There are so many options to make it easy and inexpensive, and most of them can be done in a weekend with time to enjoy a BBQ on Sunday night. I hope these pathway ideas help inspire you to make improvements to your own home!
Mulch or Gravel Paths
Mulch or gravel paths are the easiest and least expensive. All that’s required is moving the sod, roll out a bit of landscape fabricc and cover with rock.
They can wind anyway you’d like and you can use metal, stone, or curved concrete edging. Walking through a mulch or gravel path is usually comfortable, but if you need to use the path for transporting anything, it’s less than ideal. If you’ve ever tried to pull a barbeque grill through sand you know what I’m talking about.
Are you ready? Mark out your area in your yard. Use spray paint to mark where your pathway edges will go. Wet the ground and stomp it down, then stomp down on it again. The water will help the soil or rocks settle quicker. If you want your walkway level with an existing surface remember to start with is lower, so that once you add your brick or stone it will then be level. Once your area is truly flat, lay down your materials, starting with black gardening fabric, if you don’t want plants between your surface. Then the fun part of laying down your chosen pathway material.
Wood or Stone
For paths that you will use frequently and with possible heavy loads, such as a wheelbarrow, use wood or stone. Start with landscape fabric and stamp down pea gravel to create a sturdy base. You don’t want your pathway to sink in 2 years time.
Lay your treated wood slats, or like the image above thin metal or concrete slats. Fill in the spaces with a small mulch to give it a natural feel.
Stepping stone paths are fast and easy, particularly if you’re going through grass. All you need to do it place the stones and then use them as a stencil to cut out the grass around them.
Allow a little distance between the stones to get more distance, and create a uniform look. The best stepping stones are usually two inches thick and about 18 or more inches across.
Brick is the same method, but make sure your lines are straight with each row. Use a rubber mallet to tap the brick into the exact place it needs to be.
If you have a particularly long path, consider adding something interesting along the way. You can add shapely boulders, plants like thyme or succulents between the paving stones, or even a stone bench along the side.
Concrete or Pavers
Stamped concrete, brick, or professional pavers are also beautiful options. These take a slightly higher budget and a longer timeline, but they create a permanent fixture that is absolutely beautiful and efficient to use for entertaining and outdoor events.
Pathways are a great way to create an entrance to the backyard from the front of the property, or connect two parts of the garden, or create a nice sitting area in the backyard. Any pathway idea you choose should be the perfect combination of convenience and beauty that gives your home an elegance you can be proud of.
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