Your garden is your own, private piece of nature and your sanctuary from the world. Instead of untamed wilderness, you can make miniature eco-systems that suit your needs and wishes. By creating smaller sections and connecting them with pathways, you create your own labyrinth and give more esthetical appeal to your garden.
Creating garden pathways can be tricky, so here are a few pointers to help you get started.
Before you start creating passageways, you should definitely consider what kind of design you want. You might have some ideas already, but the best course of action is always to use what you already have. The former fashion was open spaces, but now sectioning out your garden is all the rage.
Think of it as having different rooms inside your garden. Not all of them will have the same purpose. Some you will use for dining, others for relaxation or just taking in the nature.
If you have more than one type of section in your garden, they should be connected in the way that suits the environment and your personal preference.
There are different kinds of passageways, for example, walkways are good for multiple people to walk through and admire the garden. Then again, you can put in some paths which are used primarily for maintenance and which look more natural to the surroundings. They are more intimate and they may guide to secret and closed off areas.
After you have chosen where you will put the passageways in your garden, you need to select the right material for building them. First of all, you have to choose/know what the walkway will be used for. On that note, there are the ones which are more practical and which are more aesthetic. Don’t hesitate to experiment and mix and find the one that fits your vision the best.
If you want to put in your pathway and be done with it, you should look no further than dry-laid pavers. Simultaneously, they are great for heavy duty work but they also provide a clear path to your destination between the borders of the garden along the path. Unlike other permanent solutions, it is more affordable and it is relatively easy to maintain.
However, if you want to go as budget-friendly as possible, you should opt for gravel. It is one of the easiest materials to apply when building the pathway and you can even do it yourself. It requires very little preparation before the gravel is laid down. Putting in some garden edgings is all you need to keep the path in and the garden out. For a more stable construction, you can use gravel stabilisers.
Then again, if comfort and esthetical aspect are more important to you, you might want to consider using turf. This ‘grass and surface layer of earth’ may provide the perfect environmental choice for your garden. Though harder to maintain, it provides a more natural look and a more pleasant feeling for those who use it.
So far, you have organised the garden and the paths that adorn it, now it is time to set the atmosphere. The perfect lighting can make or break the garden. You can always opt for more traditional lighting, but there are others that can be effortlessly installed into the surroundings. For example, good quality garden solar lights are a greener source of energy and, thus also a cheaper solution.
Though lighting is typically used for practical purposes, its placement and intensity can give more life to the garden itself.
There are many layers to a garden, both physically and metaphorically, and since we’ve talked about the metaphorical ones, it’s time to mention the literal ones. Even a drop in terrain about one meter can make for a more interesting experience, also giving you more options with the walkways to use such as steps, either natural and man-made.
Also, your pathways don’t have to be straight and narrow. Use your imagination and creativity to make the perfect path. Twists and turns as well as some ups and downs, will make each walk more exciting and will give you the image of an outdoor hike.
Modern gardens are typically divided into parts, which are used for different purposes. The borders between these parts are sometimes more obvious and sometimes less. However, to properly connect your garden as one unit, you ought to use passageways. By walking along the paths, you will walk less over your garden, but you will also feel as if you are going on an adventure. The right choice of material and lighting can make your journeys friendlier to pass through and more enjoyable each and every day.