On what material the garden path is made of, depends not only on the appearance of the country site, but also on how comfortable it will be for you to move around the garden. Let's talk about how to make a garden path to give your own hands.
Garden paths are not for nothing called the "arteries of the garden": without them, it is simply impossible to imagine a modern, well-kept summer cottage. We offer you several options for arranging tracks: get inspired and act!
Gravel and Pebble Paths
A definite plus of such a track is the relative cheapness of the installation. In addition, these materials have good drainage properties that will only benefit the garden. But there is a significant drawback: small stones will eventually begin to move out of the track, if you do not set the curb.
This is one of the most popular and simple ways of arranging a garden path in the garden. Gravel is affordable and easy to install. In addition, you do not have to dig a deep trench, a depth of 15-20 cm is enough. Dig up the bottom of the future path, tamp and lay clay (or coarse gravel) with sand on it. The next day, pour the "bed" with water, tamp again, and then fill it with fine gravel (layer 5-7 cm).
2. Gravel and cobblestone
The usual gravel path can be strengthened and decorated with paving stones (paving slabs). The emphasis on the edges will make the track more voluminous and neat. To keep the pavement well, place it as follows: put a thin layer of gravel (3 cm) into the prepared “bed”, then place the paving stone at the edges, and then add the remaining “portion” of gravel (about 5 cm) and smooth it out.
3. Gravel and wood
Another interesting solution for the classic gravel path. Wooden "steps" are particularly appropriate to look at the site in a rustic style or rustic style (in Latin, rusticus means "rustic"). The installation principle is the same as that of the curb: wooden bars are laid on a thin layer of gravel, the rest is poured after. This path is a good option for uneven areas.
4. Pebbles and flagstone
Pebbles are more decorative than gravel. To track looked effectively, choosing the material, make sure that flagstones differ in color from the pebbles. To make such a path, pour a layer of sand (3 cm) into the prepared trench (dug, covered with coarse gravel and tamped), level, tamp and install the stone slabs in the desired order, then fill the empty space with pebbles.
5. Mosaic of pebbles and stones
Perhaps one of the most decorative options for arranging a garden path. Using pebbles and stones of different shades and sizes, you can create very original patterns. Such a garden path will not only decorate the garden, but will give it a character. Sketch the pattern on paper and select the appropriate stones. For mosaics, you can also use broken ceramic tiles.
Place the pebble mosaic slightly above the ground or flush with it so that water does not accumulate on the walkway. Lowland places are categorically not suitable for mosaics, as the water will wash out the pebbles.
In a trench with a depth of 15-20 cm pour loose crushed stone or gravel, then put a layer of sand-cement mixture (5-7 cm). Wet the last layer and mark the contours of the future mosaic on it. Starting from the center, proceed to the layout of the picture with pebbles and stones. Fill the gaps with cement mixture, wet it, and then clean the mosaic with a brush and cover with film or tarpaulin for 2 days. Remove cover and add cement mix if necessary. You can use the track in 1.5-2 weeks.
The path of the stone with their own hands
Garden paths made of stone or paving stones are, firstly, very aesthetic. Secondly, this path makes heavy loads and can serve you for a very long time. The disadvantage is that the stone garden path will be expensive (unless, of course, you have no stock of boulders on the site). One more “fad”: there must be a drainage layer in the trench, otherwise the path will flood.
1. Stone blocks (paving slabs)
Garden path of paving slabs (paving stones) - a great option for those who at the forefront of practicality and reliability. The path of paving slabs is not at all "boring", as it may seem at first glance. You can use tiles of different shades, as well as lay it in a non-standard pattern: herringbone, in the form of a circle, in a checkerboard pattern, etc. By the way, paving can be done by hand:
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For the manufacture of garden paths from paving stones, geotextiles are used: 1 layer of fabric is placed on the bottom of the trench, then the coarse gravel is poured out and again all is covered with material. After that, the "bed" is filled with wet sand and start laying paving stones. Instead of paving tiles, you can use a brick.
2. Stone steps
Few materials can be compared in durability, strength and at the same time decorative with natural stone. If you are a landowner with a slope, then the stone stairs in the garden are what you need. You can decorate the garden with stairs using other materials:
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First you need to decide on the height of the steps and the size of limestone. Place each stone slab on a previously prepared "pillow" (a mixture of sand and rubble), fixing the step with cement mortar. To strengthen the ladder, build a retaining wall.
If you want the steps to be framed by grass in the future, then fill the gaps between the stones with sand.
Excellent material for garden paths. Due to the natural form and color, limestone (sandstone) is perfectly combined with the greenery of the garden. Such garden paths (see photo) look especially good in sunny places of a country site.
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Use slabs of various sizes laying them on cement mortar. The distances between the plates can be filled with fine gravel.
4. Mulch and stone
One of the easiest ways to make a garden path in the country. Dig a shallow trench (as for the above-mentioned bulk tracks, for example, from gravel), lay a mixture of clay and coarse gravel on the bottom, then pour sand. Each layer needs to be wetted and tamped. Then place the stone slabs in random order, and fill the remaining space with the mulch material: sawdust, bark of coniferous trees, etc.
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To recreate the atmosphere of an old garden, make a garden path paved with cobblestones. To do this, you will need quite a lot (depending on the scale of the track) of stones. The more they differ from each other in color and size, the better. Laying stones is no different from laying paving stones and other similar materials: a concrete mix is placed into a prepared trench on which stones are placed.
Garden paths made of concrete are suitable for both lovers of severity and dreamers: when working with cement mixtures, you can show your creativity. In addition, the strength of the concrete track can not be denied. Yet the gray color of this material is capable of catching up on longing. But there is a solution: the plates can be painted with colors!
1. Concrete slabs
Perhaps someone track of concrete slabs seem too gray or strict. To avoid the effect of "officialdom", make for such a walkway a nice red brick border or a border of gravel or pebbles. The principle of laying is the same as in the above described variants of the tracks.
This is where you can have plenty of fantasy! Applying ingenuity, as well as using various forms of stencils for cement, you will easily create an original garden path on your summer cottage. To learn how to do this correctly, read our material on the topic:
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Garden paths from a tree
Wooden paths fit almost any garden style. In addition, in the summer it is pleasant to walk along them barefoot, because the tree retains heat. But in rainy weather it is better not to run along such paths - you can slip! The problem is solved by temporarily laying non-slip mats on top of wood.
1. Boards and bars
Wooden garden path looks great in any garden and refreshing view of the site. For the manufacture of such a track can be used, for example, boards from wooden pallets, old fence, etc. The trench is prepared in the usual way (see above). Before laying the boards or boards, the wood should be treated with antiseptic and apply a protective coating. Free space with gravel if you want.
2. Wooden saw cuts
Very nice option garden path. When harvesting saw cuts, take care of their processing: each spin must be cleaned of bark and must be saturated with linseed oil - these procedures will prolong the life of your garden path. Detailed guidance on making such a track, read in our material:
- How to make a path of cuts?One of the most interesting options for a garden path with your own hands.
Garden paths from other materials
Here are some more original garden paths that you can easily make yourself.
1. Grass path
When we talk about garden paths at low cost, it is impossible not to recall, perhaps, the simplest method. To make a grass path, you do not have to dig a trench and prepare a pillow for laying material. It is enough to dig a few flat stones or stone slabs to designate a “path”, and to plant low plants along it.
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If you have granite pruning, use them to create a beautiful garden path for the garden. Prepare a trench and pillow as described above, and then install curbstones (paving stones or small boulders can be used). After that, pour in the cement mixture and lay out the granite bars in rows in a diagonal (or any other way).
Hand-made garden paths, not purchased in a store, are not only a good way to decorate a garden, but also a reason for pride. What else is important to know about the construction of tracks, you will learn in our materials:
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