7 Ways to Design Your Garden Paths

Posted on December 29th, 2015 by Prunin Arboriculture & Landscape

Creating pathways can be fun and will give you the opportunity to show off some style. From the materials you use to the layout, the path you create can be whimsical or straightforward.

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Consider these 7 ways you can design your garden path around:

  1. Decide the Purpose for the Path
    The path should have a purpose. Are you showing off the intricacies of your garden landscaping or are you creating a direct path to a specific destination. The path’s purpose will have a lot to do with both the materials you use and how you lay it out.

  2. Keep It Simple
    Don’t go overboard. Making a path too “busy” can take away from other areas of the garden or lawn. Open areas should be accented, not overtaken. Keep things subtle and as simple as possible.

  3. Logical Lines and Curves
    The most logical way to lay out a pathway is to conform it to whatever is close by. By following the contours of a landscaped area (even if the path is laid a few feet away), you set accent and bring out the garden landscaping detail and unique shape.

  4. Choose Materials Wisely
    Make sure you choose the right materials. What will look best with other materials in the area? You have several options to choose from that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A few of the most common materials include pavers, gravel, mulch, brick, cement, sand and artificial turf.

  5. Type of Traffic
    The level of foot traffic on the path will play a role in the type of material you choose. Heavy foot traffic requires materials that won’t wear away or degrade over time.

  6. Time and Maintenance
    Always remember to choose materials that do not need a lot of extra time or maintenance. Sand, mulch, and gravel will often need to be replaced over time if there are excessive amounts of traffic.

  7. Explore Your Options
    Before you decide on one material, try a small area and see if you like it before completing the entire path. There are computer generated programs that will give you a good idea of what an area will look like when it is finished.

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