No matter whether your garden in large or small, there is bound to be at least one area where you could do with a path. Creating an interesting garden path of walkway is just one of the ways to add interest and texture to a garden. We have put together some easy DIY ideas for garden paths that will fit your budget and style.
Probably the most inexpensive way to create a path or walkway through a garden, building-grade gravel paths are easy to install and only require a level surface and some form of edging to contain the gravel. Gravel is also the ideal material to use if your garden tends to get waterlogged during the rainy season, as the gravel allows for water to drain away naturally.
While a gravel path is affordable and an easy DIY project, it isn’t recommended for a family home with pets.
Smaller than building-grade gravel, pea gravel provides a much softer effect when laid as a path, both to the eye and the feet. Pea gravel is best when laid on edged paths or beds, where you don’t have to worry about the gravel being carried to other areas of the garden.
If you get creative and make your own stepping stones, using these to create a path from one area to another is simple. Simply remove enough turf to allow for stepping stones to be placed at ground level. Making your own stepping stones allows you to add colour and pattern to your stepping stones.
Slasto or crazy pave
Slasto, or crazy pave, has been around for a long time and is still loved as a material for laying a garden path. Some stone merchants sell off broken stone tiles, and you can usually pick these up at discount prices. When laying a slasto path the ground needs to be level and you can fill the gaps with cement, pea gravel or low-growing plants. Planting low-growing herbs such as thyme is a wonderful way to increase the sensual experience of a walk in the garden.
Similar to slasto or crazy pave, using natural stone tiles allows you to be a tad more creative and design a path that complements the style of garden or hardscaping. Stone mechants offer a variety of stone materials that can be used for garden paths.
Available at garden centres and hardware stores, concrete flagstones are available in a variety of textures and sizes. Reasonably affordable depending on the size of path you need to lay, concrete flagstone are definitely the quickest way to put down a path.
Smaller than concrete flagstones but just as easy to lay, concrete pavers allow you to create patterns and combine materials into pathways. Add interest to a garden by arranging concrete pavers in a zig-zag pattern filled with low-growing grasses and plants.
Whether the real thing or a concrete substitute, the look of wood complements any style of garden. If you are lucky enough to discover reclaimed railway sleepers, these make perfect stepping stones.
Tree stumps cut into thin slices are also perfect for laying as a garden path. Since most tree fellers discard the stumps, arranging to have these cut into manageable slices ensures that valuable timber is put to good use.
Brick or pavers
The material of choice for many homeowners, bricks and pavers, whether new or reclaimed, allow for the installation of a neat path that requires little or no maintenance. If you plan to lay a brick or paver path, take the time prepare a flat base and avoid problems down the line.
Whatever style of path you decide to lay, it’s about getting from one part of the garden to another, and enjoying the experience.