How to create the perfect garden pathway
Now, you might be asking yourself, do I really need to add a garden path to my home? The answer is yes! A walkway leading up to your door is an important feature you may want to consider integrating into your design. Friends and family should never have to access your home by navigating around flowerbeds or trudging through your lawn. Incorporating a pathway will not only elevate the look of your home but will also provide effortless accessibility to your front door. Some find difficulty envisioning the potential that pathways can bring and fail to see the endless possibilities when customizing to fit your unique space.
Garden walkways have become a desirable element to any home and to help bring your entry walkway into fruition, here is how you can create your own beautiful garden pathway.
Pick out your materials
When it comes to the planning process, choosing your materials, style, and colour scheme is the first step! Consider the location of your path and its purpose so that you can choose materials that suit your needs. Paving stones, concrete slabs, and washed rock are a few commonly chosen materials for projects such as this. Once you have chosen your materials, next is selecting a colour scheme that complements your home, flowers, and other features within the space. The colours chosen will set the overall feel for your garden and can make or break the tone of the design. This is definitely the fun part as you can begin envisioning the potential of your new garden walkway.
Determine the shape and flow
You probably at this point know where your pathway will start and end, however, the middle may leave you a little lost and confused. Some homeowners opt for simplicity by making a straight design to the door while some branch out for curves for an elevated and decorative look. How ever you choose to design your walkway, mapping it out can help you visualise the design and ensure that it blends seamlessly with other features in your garden for a cohesive appearance. This process will help you visualise the accessibility and practicality of your garden walkway and minimize errors and regret.
Choose the best spot and size
When determining where to begin marking the layout, choose a path with a flatter surface area.
The less preparation and correction needed to get to a clean slate will save you both you time and money. Once you are satisfied with the general layout, use stakes and string to mark your path from start to finish. Make sure that the path you have marked is wide enough for people to use and, depending on the look you are going for, 3ft in width is generally a safe bet.
Decorate the path
The best part about integrating a garden pathway to your home is not only functionality, but it's a great way to include customizable features like a water display, bird bath, or maybe even a small bistro set. How ever you choose to design your walkway, incorporating different textures, colours, and shapes will help to create an elegant and stylish space. The creative possibilities are endless and a great way to display your own personal style and elevate your home. Incorporating materials like bark chips or artificial grass are great options when looking for ways to soften the edges of your pathway. When looking for a more luxurious and dynamic design, try adding ground lights to the perimeter of your path. You may be surprised at the difference outdoor lighting can make.
Landscaping is definitely hard work, but now the legwork is done. All that is left is to enjoy your beautiful new pathway all year round. There are many ways to utilize your new yard and you may find yourself looking for new additions to continue incorporating over the years. Whether you want a quite space to enjoy your morning coffee, a place for the kiddos to play, or maybe you want to plant a vegetable garden. How ever you choose to spend your time outside and enjoy this season, we are here to help.