Path Ideas for Your Garden

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Are you looking for a garden project to add instant appeal to the yard? If so, why not consider a garden path? Whether it crosses over green lawns or curves around garden beds, a trail will add allure. Here are several ideas.


A gravel pathway is one option that gives a natural look and blends with an organic setting. You can pick between various stone colours, such as cool greys and blues or warm reds and browns. You can blend two or more colours, making it easy to harmonise the path with your house and other hardscape features.

Ask your landscape expert about what the best size option is within the available gravel. Typically, smaller stones are easier to walk over. Additionally, angular crushed stones lock together and form a firmer path than rounded pebbles, which tend to roll around.

To keep the stones in place, you can use plastic or metal edging, which are great options for curved paths. Alternatively, set a brick or paver border to stop the stones from wandering off the track.

Bark and Wood Chips

Another material you could use for a casual pathway is bark or wood chips. Landscaping products will offer a range of different colours like reds, greys and rich browns. Remember that organic materials like these decompose, so you'll need to periodically refresh the path with new materials.

Mulches originate from different tree species, some of which will decompose slower than others and resist termites, making them ideal for pathways. If you use bark or wood chips for your path, make sure the ground has good drainage. Otherwise, you'll have to walk along a sodden trail.

Stepping Stones

Another idea for a garden path is to use stepping stones. While you can use irregular pavers and set a curvy path for a whimsical look, you can also use stepping stones for a modern or formal setting. For example, set square pavers in straight lines and fill the space in between with gravel rather than grass or plants. You could insert grey concrete pavers and use blush-pink and ivory pebbles, or create any other colour combination.

Alternatively, set irregular, square, round or rectangular pavers to form a path across a lawn. With grass filling in the gaps, the trail will naturally harmonise with the garden. A stepping-stone path doesn't necessitate as much digging as a continuous gravel or mulch one does. Plus, you need fewer stone pieces to create it than for a solid paver path. Your landscape supplier may have a selection of flattish rock pieces to choose from, which you can use instead of pavers. 

For more information about landscaping products, contact a local company.