Inexpensive Ideas on how to spruce up your walkways
Walkways are designated paths that subtly remind your guests not to walk all over your precious garden plants and flowers. But aside from that, a well-done walkway can add depth and a touch of elegance to your landscape.
The good thing with walkways is that they are one of the most inexpensive ways to have a picture perfect landscape. However, you have to take care of them to prevent plant overgrowth from ruining them.
Here are some inexpensive ways to help you revamp your walkways.
● Dress walkways with gravel
Gravel is one of the most popular materials used to dress up walkways. Gravel pathways last long and require minimal maintenance. Gravel comes in many sizes as well as colors, which makes it interesting to work with.
It is cheap and readily available. However, since gravel tends to move with pressure and rainwater, make sure that the borders on the edges of your walkways are laid properly and tightly on the ground.
● Install stepping-stones
Building a path with stepping stones is easy and the results are remarkable. Most people like stepping-stone pathways since they do not have to dig up soil to install them. You just place the stones strategically and you create your path as you go.
You can play around with different textures, sizes, shapes, and patterns to make beautiful pathways. If you have a long grass garden, use heavy and thick stepping-stones to prevent constant overgrowth.
● Pebbles and small rocks
Pebbles and small rocks come in many shapes, colors, textures, and sizes. They are the perfect accompanying material for fountains, ponds, mini waterfalls and pools.
Use pebbles on your pathways accompanied by plants and water features to create a nice and inexpensive tropical feel in your lawn.
● Use dry mulch
If you want to have a natural looking pathway, use mulch. You can use dry tree bark mulch, wood chippings, twigs or dry pine needle mulch. It is much cheaper and more available than pebbles and gravel.
However, you need to be careful during wet weather since mulch tends to decompose and become slippery. Only use dry mulch for dry weather and make sure that your pathways have good drainage.
Mulch pathways need rejuvenation every now and then since they decompose and set in the path.
● Cut your grass well
Sometimes all you have to do to create a pathway is to cut your grass differently. When mowing your lawn, cut the pathway in such a way that it is shorter than the rest of the lawn.
This way, people will know that they are supposed to use the dressed path as opposed to stepping on the lawn. You can also mark paths by using a different type of strong grass seeds that do not grow very tall. Use grass that looks darker or lighter than your lawn to mark the paths correctly.