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How to Choose the Right Garden Path

Hard landscaping within a garden is a big investment but can really add to the overall look and usage of your outdoor space. Garden paths can make such a difference to your garden, by adding structure, and, of course, practicality where necessary. If you’re in the market for a new garden pathway, you’ll want to invest in your materials wisely. Don’t be led up the garden path; take a look at our guide to garden path materials, instead!

Concrete Stepping Stones

Concrete stepping stones are an easy and slightly more informal way of creating a path through your lawn. If your garden has a slightly higgledy-piggledy, and – dare we say it – wild or overgrown look and feel to it, then a rough path made from concrete pavers placed without too much overall thought or planning could be an ideal way to add some gentle structure to your garden.

Concrete stepping stones are durable and easy to maintain, and don’t be put off by the thought of them looking like a concrete jungle; the green of your lawn surrounding them will soften the overall look and feel to your path.

Brick Paths

Brick paths offer the perfect compromise between a smart, hard landscaping option and something with a slightly rustic, country-cottage feel to them. Naturally inviting due to their warm colours, it’s worth taking a look at the colour of the bricks used in your home’s construction so that you can match your path or patio colour accordingly.

Bricks made from clay are extremely durable, although you’ll need to lay a decent sub-base underneath. If you’re unsure of what this requires, contact a professional garden landscape company to carry out the work for you. Then all you’ll need to do is follow the brick road…

Gravel Paths

Laying gravel to form a path is a really quick and simple way of creating a pathway through your garden. It’s also rather economical, and its natural warmth works well in both modern and traditional gardens.

Before laying gravel, you’ll need to be sure that you have a weed-proof membrane underneath to stop any pesky weeds poking their way through. However, a gravel path will still need regular maintenance, as blown-in weeds will easily establish themselves by nestling between the stones, and you may wish to think about edging your path – for example, with banks of lavender – to avoid too many stones going astray.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that gravel paths may not be suitable for those with young families, particularly babies who are prone to putting things in their mouths or those with toddlers who may throw the stones. However, on the plus side, gravel allows water to drain through, which is better for the water table and helps to avoid flooding problems, and gravel does offer an easy way of creating some hard landscaping within your garden. 

Stone Paths

Stone paths can consist of everything from crazy paving through to cobble stones. A relatively low maintenance option which will just need algae or moss removed every so often, stone paths are a more expensive garden path choice. However, they’re usually seen as an investment as they are durable and therefore a rather permanent fixture within a garden. When installed by a professional landscape gardening company, they can look good for hundreds of years. 

No matter what type of path you choose, the key to getting it right and being able to enjoy your hard landscaping investment for years to come is using a professional garden landscape company to install your path. After all, here at D&G Garden World, we have plenty of experience when it comes to hard landscaping and can advise what will best suit your needs. In fact, you can trust us not to lead you up the garden path!