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Creating a Garden Path? Give it Some Thought Before You Get Started

Posted by: Samuel Hirshfield on January 13, 2014

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Garden paths not only add charm to your outdoor environment, but they serve a purpose as well. Generally, a pathway will either be designed to lead people to a destination, like a gate or door, or to provide them with a defined walkway on which to casually stroll and take in the surroundings. Before you create a garden path, here are some important factors to consider, as well as some tips to help you on your path to success.

Tips for Designing a Walkway 

After you've determined the intent of your walkway, you can move on to the next step in the planning stage. When you create a garden path, you should:Figure out what plants, garden decorations and other materials you'd like to fill the space around your path. If it's meant to lead people somewhere, a straight path with visual distractions kept to a minimum is best. You can use things like lighting, a few hanging plants and decorative stones to make sure it's still aesthetically pleasing. 
On the other hand, if the path leads to a barbecue pit or a relaxation area with a serene fountain, make the tour a scenic one. Use winding paths with intentional focal points so people will slowly take in the array of colorful plants and flowers in your yard.
Make sure the path is in harmony with its surroundings. The materials used and its style should match the other features in your garden and home's exterior. Decomposed granite, flagstone, beach glass, wood and concrete are just some options. 

It must be safe and comfortable to walk on. With stepping stone pathways, the stones should be placed close enough together to prevent straining. They also need to be secure and stable.
If you don't have the tools to make getting the job done easier, you can rent equipment such as a motorized wheelbarrow. It can carry and dump things like decorative rocks that can surround your path.

Check out our post about installing a stone or paver walkway with a mini-skid for more info regarding easier pathway creation.
Need to rent some equipment to help you create a garden path? Contact us at Compact Power Equipment Rentaltoday to make a reservation. 

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