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7 tips for building paths

Paths provide access and divide large gardens into smaller, more manageable spaces. They’re also an integral part of garden design.
  • 1. Consider your style.

     

    Let garden style inspire the shapes and surfaces. Use straight or gently curved pavement in formal gardens; loose, meandering, narrow paths for informal ones.

    Date Published: July 11, 2012
    Date Updated: July 11, 2012
  • 2. Create a hierarchy.

     

    Make wider, smoother paths to connect major destinations. Use narrower, more curving paths to divide spaces within the garden.

    Date Published: July 11, 2012
    Date Updated: July 11, 2012
  • 3. Make sure it’s right.

     

    Outline paths on the ground using rope, garden hose, or a stick in the dirt. Play with the shape and width until it feels right.

    Date Published: July 11, 2012
    Date Updated: July 11, 2012
  • 4. Build for permanence.

     

    Remove the soil in the path to the required depth, which depends on your climate and chosen materials. Install any necessary drainage, edging, or stabilizing materials.

    Date Published: July 11, 2012
    Date Updated: July 11, 2012
  • 5. Add texture.

     

    Vary path surfaces to enhance garden interest. Common surfaces include poured concrete, asphalt, brick, pavers, pea gravel, crushed stone, bark, flat stone, and cobble.

    Date Published: July 11, 2012
    Date Updated: July 11, 2012
  • 6. Avoid harsh edges.

     

    Soften path edges with creeping plants, such as fragrant herbs.

    Date Published: July 11, 2012
    Date Updated: July 11, 2012
  • 7. Make it comfortable and beautiful.

     

    Tuck benches and garden art into nooks along the path for quiet reflection.

    Date Published: July 11, 2012
    Date Updated: July 11, 2012
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