Whether you’re inviting friends and family to your home for afternoon tea or hosting a garden party, a garden path is a perfect way to welcome guests to your space. Whether you’re designing an indoor garden or an outdoor one, a beautiful garden path will help set the scene and create the right atmosphere for whatever you have planned. Here are some helpful hints on how to build a beautiful garden path that will impress your guests as well as passersby.
Plan your path before you build your walkway
Garden paths are a permanent feature in a garden; it’s important to design and plan your path before you have it built. The first thing you need to determine is the length of your path. You can generally achieve a nice path length of between six and eight feet; the longer the path, the more space it will take up in your garden. Next, you need to determine the width of your path. Ideally, your path width should be about three feet wider than your flower beds in order to allow for a buffer zone between the path and the beds. When planning your path, also keep in mind which plants will be growing along the path and how visitors will walk on it. Is it dog-friendly? What’s the slope? These are all important details you should keep in mind as you plan your path.
Choose the right material for your path
Garden paths can be constructed from a variety of materials, depending on your preference and budget. The two most common materials used for garden paths are concrete and brick. Concrete paths are relatively inexpensive, easy to install and maintain, and attractive. Concrete is available in various colors and textures and it comes in a variety of sizes. It’s also fairly easy to work with and it’s fairly forgiving, so you can place it anywhere you like. Another great thing about concrete is that it’s quite durable, so it doesn’t need to be replaced very often. Brick paths, however, are more durable and maintenance-friendly. They’re also more durable than concrete, so they last longer, and they come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures to suit every garden style. Unlike concrete paths, however, brick paths need to be maintained. You’ll need to clean and oil the bricks every few years to maintain their beauty. That’s why brick paths tend to be more expensive than concrete ones.
Add interest with plants, flowers and trees
One of the best things about a garden path is that you can use it to showcase plants and flowers, creating a beautiful walkway that’s also a colorful display. You may want to consider planting a colorful selection of annuals and perennials that bloom in spring, summer or fall. This will help to create a more upbeat atmosphere in your garden. A colorful border of flowering plants can also help to brighten up an area of your garden that needs some extra color, like a shady spot or an area that’s close to your house. You can also try planting herbs and flowering shrubs in pots along the edge of your path. Depending on your budget, you can also try planting trees along your path. Path trees are a great choice because they can grow fast and are low maintenance, making them a great option for busy urban dwellers who don’t have the time or energy to maintain a large garden. Try planting an oak, cedar, cypress or fruit tree along your path to brighten the atmosphere and create a nice shady walking area, while adding an attractive touch to your exterior decor.
Finish off your path with a decorative border or edging
If your path is concrete or brick, you can finish off your walkway with a decorative border to create a finishing touch. Concrete and brick paths can be finished with a wide variety of decorative edging options, like gravel, stones, bricks, or decorative railings. Railings are great because they provide a strong visual and tactile element that keeps visitors from walking on the path, while also preventing them from wandering into the plants along the path. You can also try installing a step- Nora or wall in front of your path to help prevent people from walking on it. You can also install a decorative border to create a more authentic-looking path. Look for decorative edging materials like brick or stone, which will blend in with the look of your path and help to finish it off. There are plenty of decorative options for finishing off your path, so you can find a finishing border that suits your space and budget.
Create a garden seating area
Another great thing about a garden path is that you can use it to create a private outdoor seating area, ideal for enjoying a cup of tea or having a snack with friends. You can also use your path to create a garden bench or sitting area, ideal for relaxing while you enjoy the outdoors. You can create a garden seating area by placing a small table on the path, or you can simply create a patio out of stacked bricks. You can also create a garden patio with a gazebo, which is a great option for creating a more formal outdoor event space. Path paving is a great option for creating a garden seating area, as it’s durable, low maintenance and attractive. You can install decorative pavers, such as brick, stone or flagstone to finish your path. You can also try installing a decorative garden pond or birdbath to add a decorative element to your seating area.
Keep your dirt dry when building your garden
One of the most important things you can do to ensure a beautiful path is to keep your soil dry when building your garden path. This will help to prevent your path from turning into a mud pit, as well as protecting the path from roots and debris, which can cause damage over time. You can keep your soil dry by creating a ‘dry path’. This simply means that you lay down a barrier that prevents water from falling onto the path. You can do this by laying down red bricks, paver bricks, stepping stones, or any other type of path barrier. When laying the barrier down, you want to make sure that it’s as level as possible, so that you’re preventing water from getting onto the path. You can also install a rainwater diverter on your roof to divert rainwater away from your path. This keeps water from getting onto your path and can result in a dry path that lasts for years, without needing any landscaping maintenance.
Building your perfect garden path can be challenging. It requires a mix and balance of careful planning, and sparking creativity. In addition, it’s important to choose the right material for your path, as well as keep it as dry as possible. With these tips in mind, you can build a beautiful garden path that your guests will love to walk through. If any point of the process it gets too overwhelming, it is always a safe bet to hire a landscaping service company.