Pathway Options for Your Outdoor Space

Garden Path

This is a very popular and durable choice and is available in a wide variety of shapes, colours and textures and can be laid in a variety of patterns. There are pre-cast concrete pavers or brick pavers to consider. Pavers are relatively inexpensive and installation can be accomplished by a do-it-yourselfer that has spent some time researching up on the process.
Creating a pathway can create a functional and visually appealing addition to your outdoor space. Here are some ideas on the different types of pathway materials to consider.
Lined Walkways
Sometimes the best pathways don’t require placing down any hardscape materials at all. Define a walkway boarder by using elements such as solar lighting, shrubs, or flowers to create a winding path throughout your backyard at a fraction of the price.
While its main purpose is to serve as a protective layer in your garden beds, mulch can also be used to make an affordable walkway. Before you lay the mulch, dig up the grass and remove the roots and any weeds first. Then simply line the path with plastic edging, or dig a trench to edge the path and lay about a 3-inch layer of mulch along your desired route.
Gravel is another low-maintenance and cost-effective path material. It’s best used when creating an informal look, but it can also be dressed up by simply adding a stone boarder on both sides. On the downside, having a gravel pathway can lead into pebbles being tracked into your home. If you’re looking to create a pathway that will lead right up to the house, gravel is not your best choice.
Natural Stone
Rich in colour and texture, stone is a beautiful option to consider. While not an inexpensive choice, each stone piece is unique and will add a timeless elegance to your yard. One way to save a bit of money is to create a stepping-stone pathway. Stepping-stone paths are those that have distance between the stones – about a stride’s length apart.  Because you’ll cover more distance with less stone, the cost will come down.
Whatever route you end up choosing, just be sure to do your homework and calculate accurate measurements before you buy your materials. A general rule of thumb is to add an additional 5 per cent to your calculated total square footage. This overage in materials will allow for any waste or mishaps that can pop up.

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