- Dump paths – “cheap and cheerful”
- Combining surfaces
- Paving paths: classic options
- Natural paving stone
- Concrete paths: do it yourself a variety of shapes
- Paving slabs: original high-tech paths
- Unusual paving options
- Wooden walkways: from budget to decking
- Tracks from scrap materials
Paths are an integral and important part of the garden. Some ideas of garden paths that you can do with your own hands, for every taste and wallet, you will find in our article, they will help you choose your option, convenient, practical, well suited to the overall design of the site.
Dump paths – “cheap and cheerful”
Winding gravel or pebble paths made of natural stone, laid on dense geotextile, in combination with flower beds – one of the simplest options for garden paths.
If you want something more solid – build a “Swiss trail” (or “animal trail”) on the site: stones are stacked at a distance of a step from each other (1 step – 1 stone). A sand cushion must be made under each of the stones placed at the soil level.
If you pick up crushed stone or gravel of different colors, then you can divide the paths into zones.
The combined path, filled with cement, with the left areas of lawn grass creates not only a romantic image – it is just pleasant to walk on it.
You can combine surfaces not only for beauty, but also for practicality. For example, in places where water accumulates, concrete modules are perfect, as a shell covering the ground. Place them at a distance from each other and rainwater will drain between them.
Paving paths: classic options
A popular paving material is cement paving slabs. Make an irregular sidewalk path that looks more natural than straight.
In the color of the house, you can lay out paths with decorative paving stones of non-standard shapes – these can be hemp, feet, boards.
Natural paving stone
Natural stone is not the most budgetary option for building a walkway, but it is often used.
Take stones of different sizes and uneven shapes: the path will look very picturesque, especially when combined with pebbles. Small decorative grass planted between stones will add originality to the path.
Concrete paths: do it yourself a variety of shapes
You can make a decorative concrete covering with your own hands and give it the appearance of tiles, natural stone, paving stones, bricks, boards or parquet. Concrete bars or cuts look like natural and have a much longer service life.
The concrete surface is formed, painted and covered with a sealant, with the help of special brushes it acquires the desired texture or even ornament.
Paving slabs: original high-tech paths
A garden path with built-in lighting looks interesting. At night, the shining threads glow beautifully, indicating the direction. You can use fluorescent lamps as accessories – they will complement the high-tech track.
Unusual paving options
Using modern finishing materials, you can create unusual paving options, for example, flat river pebbles placed vertically or glass bars mounted in a pattern attract the eye.
Wooden walkways: from budget to decking
A colorful option is wood paths. As an inexpensive coating, you can use cuttings of timber or saw cuts treated with an “embalming” compound and laid on gravel or sand.
Often, a path is made in the form of a wooden flooring from boards or logs. The disadvantage of such a coating is its fragility, the exception is larch flooring, which is more resistant to weathering..
Unusual and beautiful for paths – using decking or garden parquet, durable, durable, moisture-resistant and not cheap.
Tracks from scrap materials
A very inexpensive option for a summer cottage is the device of paths from scrap materials. For example, you can create a mosaic path with your own hands, decorating it with fragments of ceramic tiles, colored glass or stones painted in different colors..
If you want to create your own “eco-garden” and prefer everything natural, then you can advise soft bulk coatings, for example, painted tree bark or pine nut shells, chips, needles, which are updated annually.
Recently popular “ecological paths” of smooth and ribbed stones of various shapes: rounded or flat.
Garden paths should not only be beautiful and in harmony with the general view of the garden, but also be easy to move, so you should think about the material for their construction and the laying technology in advance..