A hardscaping feature, a firepit, or a well-tended garden can turn your yard into a functional, beautiful, and value-boosting extension of your home. When planning these features, it can be easy to think through how best to make use of your outdoor space—for example, placing a shade garden in a tree-covered corner of the yard, and putting a fire-pit further away from the house.
But the rainy days of winter, even in the New Year, can reveal a fault in your planning—trudging through wet grass can make it harder to spend time outdoors in the colder months and to accomplish maintenance tasks that set it up for a beautiful yard in the spring. And walking through grass in the damp weather can damage the roots—which might leave you with bare patches in the spring, too.
Every yard and garden will have paths that you, your family, and pets walk—but if you’re thinking about taking that walkway up a notch with a gravel, paver, concrete, or brick walkway, you’re making a great decision. Not only can a garden walkway give you easier access to your outdoor features, but it can protect your grass from damage and your family and pets from slipping in muddy conditions.
So when you’re planning that garden path, what’s the best way to go about it, and what material should you use? Here, we’ll break down some tips, tricks, and options, and let you know how Victory Lawn Care Services can help you if you live in the greater Memphis metro-area or Germantown, Collierville, and Arlington.
How do I decide where a path should go?
There are a few things you should take into account when planning a path for your home. First, consider the natural pathways that have already taken shape in your yard. When you carry groceries from the car to the house, you probably take a straight, direct route. When you walk through the flower garden, though, you might spend more time winding through natural landscape curves to take in the sights and scents.
So when you’re planning on creating a hardscaped path, keep those natural paths and their functions in mind. A pathway won’t be much use if you don’t use it, and those natural pathways have probably taken their shape for a reason. So keep function in mind to help determine placement. A path that leads to the front or back door should probably take a direct route—not only does this make trips to and from the house easier, but the straight line of the path can keep your front yard looking neat and orderly.
When you’re working on garden paths, you might add more curves or turns in the path to let you take in more of the natural beauty. These gentle curves can make the path less formal, and can help direct your eye to highlights—like an outdoor table and bench area, a firepit, or a trellis. Don’t be afraid of a primary path with smaller paths that branch off, too—just keep the full picture of the yard in mind.
What’s the ideal width for a path?
As with placement, function will help to determine the size of your path. A path that’s at least 48 inches wide will allow two people to walk side by side, while a path of about 30 to 36 inches is best for one person. Those primary, heavily-trafficked paths—like front yard paths or those down a main garden area—might be best if they’re wider, while those branching through flower beds can be narrower. Keep in mind the width of wheelbarrows or other equipment you want to use, too.
The good news is that adding paths of different widths can add visual interest to your yard’s design, and can help to communicate which paths to follow—guests will understand that the wider path is the main walkway, with branching trails as secondary places to go.
What kind of materials are available?
When it comes to the material your path will be built from, there are a wide variety of options to match many aesthetic tastes and personal styles. Gravel, concrete, stepping stones, patio paver stones, bluestone, and even wood are options that can be chosen to match different houses, gardens, and budgets. The area of the country where you live can bring specific material options available in your area that are not available in others e.g., if you live near the coastline you may have access to clam/seashells.
Generally speaking, materials like concrete cost less than natural stone, with brick and paver stones falling in the mid-budget range. Gravel or mulch walkways will cost less, though keep in mind that these will likely be less durable, while expensive natural stone might be out-of-budget for some.
Mixed materials might also be the way to go if you’re planning a few paths with different purposes. While solid, durable stone or brick might be the way to go for a front yard walkway that will get heavy use, you might choose to use different materials, like stepping stones or gravel—or a mix of the two!—among garden beds. These different materials can add visual interest and create different moods in different places.
Whatever material you think will match your home and style, consulting with Victory Lawn Care Services can be a very helpful step. Their landscaping and hardscaping services offer professional advice and quality services. Local temperatures and weather conditions can affect how materials should be used for each design and functional need. Professional services installation and warranty goes along with the know-how to install the path correctly. Years of experience and right equipment to level and grade the ground, ensure that your path holds up well for years to come.
How can Victory Lawn Care Services help me?
At Victory Lawn Care Services, our team of professionals is here to make your outdoor space the best it can be. Whether you’re working on a footpath to lead to your backyard, a patio garden, front door, or flower bed,—or installing outdoor features like a fire pit—we’re here with the best-quality equipment, customer service, and project tracking software to get you great results with peace of mind.
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