Garden paths are hard-working surfaces. They carry not only foot traffic, but often wheelbarrows, heavily loaded sack trolleys and bicycles, too. They may also be required to permit the regular use of wheelchairs or a stroller. To be effective, a path must be installed correctly. Choose your materials and follow any of these three methods to add a garden path to your landscape that will serve you for years to come.
Choose materials suited to the surroundings, as well as to the practical requirements placed on them. For example, an concrete path may be inexpensive and hard-wearing, but will be an unforgiving feature leading up to your front door. It may be worth investing in a more attractive surface for such a prominent position.
Consider the path size and use. Always make the path sufficiently wide for its purpose. Ideally, two people should be able to walk along a path, side by side, without any sense of being cramped. If used for wheelchair access, then avoid steep inclines.
Choose gravel for the path. Washed gravel is an attractive and inexpensive paving material. The ideal size of stone is approximately 3/4 inches in diameter. This generally presents the least problems in terms of stones being brought into the house by way of shoe grooves.
Choose brick for the path. Brick paths are particularly attractive and, if created using bricks similar to those used for the house, provide a strong yet unobtrusive visual link between the house and garden. They may be laid in a variety of patterns, including straight or angled herringbone, basket weave and stretcher bond.
Choose concrete for the path. Concrete is an enduringly popular choice for paving. It is relatively inexpensive, yet very durable. Concrete is only hard-wearing if it is installed properly, so careful planning is essential before starting to prepare the path.