Armchair philosophers say that life is all about the journey, not the destination. When it comes to garden design, however, it’s definitely about both. Most beautiful gardens include garden paths that please the eye, invite a stroll around the property, and accent the landscape. A well-designed, well-built garden path can be a work of art all on its own. Read on to learn about how to build a garden path.
A wooden boardwalk-style garden path is a good option for properties with slopes, because it works well for step-down terraced paths. It’s also ideal for wet areas, because a wooden boardwalk elevates walkers above the soggy ground. Wood is also much lighter and easier to haul around than natural stone. The Family Handyman Magazine has a step-by-step guide for building a wooden boardwalk-style path here.
Brick paths give a certain rustic, cabin-in-the-woods charm to your property. Bricks also offer a lot of flexibility in the shape of your path. Since they are small and easy to pattern into curves or angles. You can choose basic matching maroon bricks, use cobblestones for an old-world feel, or design patterns using bricks of different colors. The keys to building a solid, long-lasting brick path are a good sand bed for its foundation, and proper leveling of the bricks.
Paths made from stepping stones give a whimsical touch to your garden design. Stepping-stone paths that curve around to different areas of the garden are an excellent way to invite guests to roam. They can even lead them to special areas such as a water feature or gazebo. Install stepping stones flush with the ground with a couple of inches between neighboring stones. You can install stepping stones within a path of mulch or gravel, or leave them surrounded by grass and mow over them. Stepping stones can be quite heavy, so have them delivered as close to your work site as possible and be careful moving them around.
There is almost no limit when it comes to choosing materials for your garden path. From the simple gravel pathway to the most elaborate mosaic style, there is something for everyone. Some materials for garden paths include: mulch, concrete, flagstones, natural stone and river rock. Click here to be inspired by some amazing garden path photos.
Keep Your Garden Path Beautiful with Wet & Forget!
No matter which material you choose for your garden path, chances are you may end up with stains from lichen, moss, algae, mold or mildew. Not only are these growths ugly–algae can become very slippery and present a safety hazard for you and your guests. Whether your path is made of wood, brick, concrete or stone, Wet & Forget is the perfect option for keeping your path clean, safe and beautiful. Just mix 1 part Wet & Forget with 5 parts water in a pump-style garden sprayer, thoroughly saturate the area, and let Wet & Forget do the work for you! Spray and forget about it, Wet & Forget will take care of all of your organic growths and stains!
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