When it comes to landscaping your garden, pathways play an important role. They're a practical addition, creating a solid and secure surface to access areas such as the vegetable patch or the clothesline, particularly during wet weather. They're also an important design element and are a great way to visually link different areas of the garden and create a journey through the space.
Creating a pathway is a relatively simple project that you can do on your own with a little effort and experience. If you're not confident in your landscaping abilities, it's also an easy and inexpensive job to have completed by a professional. Here are two simple yet effective ways to create a pathway in your garden.
One of the easiest ways to create a pathway in your garden is to use pavers. They can be placed on virtually any garden surface at small intervals to form a series of stepping stones. Pavers work very well as a pathway through a gravelled or stone-covered part of your garden, or they can be used successfully as dry steps through grassed areas.
If you are laying pavers on a grassed area, it's ideal to cut out and remove a piece of the turf for the paver to sit in. This keeps the pavers at the same level as the grass and prevents them from becoming a tripping hazard. It's also a good idea to put a layer of gravel or stones underneath the pavers to aid in drainage and to create a stable base to decrease subsidence.
For a rustic and charming garden path that's still easy to create, a brick-lined path is a great idea. You can opt for new bricks or even use recycled bricks for a path with more character and vintage appeal. One of the benefits of using bricks is that they're cheap and easy to obtain, and you'll also have a wide selection of colours to choose from.
You can choose to install your brick pathway on a concrete base if you prefer, but this can increase the costs and isn't strictly necessary. A simple gravel base for support and drainage is more than adequate, and the gaps between bricks can be filled with sand to complete the pathway. You can lay the bricks in a standard grid pattern, a traditional cross-hatch pattern or get more creative with a herringbone design.