Creating Decorative Pathways In Your Yard

Published on: November 21, 2013

While a sidewalk is generally a functional part of a yard, giving you and your guests a walkway through your lawn to your home, meandering pathways can add depth to your landcape design. While still functional, these less-used paths can be an opportunity to add colorful gravel or paving stones and innovative design to the overall look of your yard.

Garden Paths

Curved paths that circle through your yard and garden offer ways to create designs and even edges for your landscaping. You can use gravel or paving stones, each of which come in a large variety of options and colors to add beauty to your yard. The first step is to work with your landscaper to create a blueprint of where you want your path to go. It can be a symmetrical design or seemingly random, depending on the look you are hoping to achieve. Some other aspects to consider include:

–        Edging. While paving stones will not necessarily need edging, most gravel paths will. Choose stone edging for a natural garden look or choose from brick, formed cement edging or even wood for a more formal design.

–        Width. Most walkways start at about 18” in width for a single-person path, going up to about 48” for a two-person abreast path. Many garden pathways will be on the narrower side, making them more intimate.

These pathways can be a perfect way to add dimension to a yard, as well as give people a place to walk and take in your beautiful landscaping or gardens without damaging your lush grass. With the right use of color and curves, these decorative pathways can add curb appeal and even value to your home.

Posted on behalf of Marty Shettle, Lane Landscaping


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