Garden Paths: Choosing the Right Design and Material

Garden paths are installed to lead from a garden area towards a destination, usually another portion of the garden that has a certain focal point. As these garden paths and walkways may create a pattern, they make it easier for people to harvest, prune, and weed.

There are many garden path designs a property owner can think of. If you are designing a garden path, you can pick a variety of options in terms of materials depending on your budget and the garden’s feel and theme. For instance, your choice of material will depend on whether you have a formal or informal garden. Garden path ideas can run from being expensive to DIY Garden Path projects.

Garden Path Ideas and Placement

A lot of gardens in the suburban areas are composed of a lawn surrounded by vegetation beds. Although some people find this nice, others consider this as boring. When a garden path is installed, the lawn will reduce its size, thus, decreasing the amount of irrigation required and creating a kind of effect that makes the garden structure interesting.

When picking garden path ideas and placement, think about sketching out a plan on paper which can be tweaked before you start buying materials or digging up sod. Create a layout of the paths’ placement for your garden with twine, a garden hose, or rope so you can easily access the placement. Determine the area of the garden that will gain the most benefits from the pathway installation.

A path will always benefit entryways by framing the front door and making the visitors go inside the house. It is important to ensure that the entryway complements your home’s size and has a wide path of at least five feet across. Many property owners prefer an arced or zigzag pattern over a straight shot to the front door. These designs can be made even more interesting by choosing the right material as well as adding landscape plants and lighting.

Moreover, make sure the width of the garden paths allow two people to stroll comfortably together. When deciding on the width, consider the garden’s entire feel, materials for use, and whether you want to include a planned garden decor like a bench or nook.

Options for the Material

In terms of the garden path material, you may consider permeable surfaces like a decomposed granite or gravel to promote drainage. Your path can also have grass, moss, or creeping thyme that resist damage to foot traffic. The material’s color may have a role to play, depending on your climate. Sometimes, you may have to pick the material due to its ability to retard weeds.