Gravel paths are inexpensive and easy to build. Although they sometimes look informal, using a limestone border can spice things up and make them look charming.
Gravel materials are easy to get and feel soft underfoot. The materials are robust enough to handle a loaded wheelbarrow, and can complement a beautiful garden, especially when a stone border is added to it.
However, gravel has a couple of limitations. For example, it is not ideal to use on a walkway to your back door, as it might lead to pebbles sticking to your shoes and ending up on your kitchen floor. It is also tough on barefoot and stressful especially in the winter when you have to scrap snow off your walkway with a shovel.
Design Factors for Gravel Paths
Gravel paths are usually designed for moderate foot walkway. It can last for a long time and needs no special sloping except regular maintenance to stay in good shape. To keep your garden paths looking sharp and trim, rake and pull weeds out monthly and every couple of years, ensure to dress it up with few buckets of fresh gravel.
Required Materials for Gravel Paths
Gravel comes in various sizes and colors. Big stones range in size from ¾ in, while smaller stones 3/8 in and they are most easy on barefoot. Ensure to purchase gravel from a good landscape supplier or get directly from a quarry.
Major Construction Details
Laying a gravel path, is mostly done with a shovel and wheelbarrow. First, flatten the pathway with a spade, then place the brick borders and pour about three wheelbarrows of gravel in.
Keep in mind: That you can have the gravel placed on your driveway, not on the gravel path, as this can save time.
Stone pathways are highly decorative and attractive. The stones used in decorating pathways comes in rich colors and texture, and they're easy to set in place. Each piece is unique and of course expensive to get and install. Although they're quite heavy, they're also easy to install.
Design Factors For Stone Pathway
Stone pathways have said, is attractive and ideal for moderate foot traffic. Not perfect for bikes, wheelbarrows or lawn mowers and the uneven surface is usually difficult to maintain in the winter.
Stone pathways do last indefinitely. To keep them in good condition, set stone high in a tightly fitted path about ¼ in per feet. Once in awhile, you may have to lift and reset them for proper drainage.
Pavers are like Romans cut stones which are set on gravel bed to make them look charming. They are strong, durable and can withstand heavy use. Paved paths are installed with heavy plate compactor in a tightly fit and smooth way.
Design Factors For Pavers
The material for paver paths is concrete paver, and it comes in different sizes, shapes, and colors. They're highly decorative, most ideal for straight or curved pathways and they're easy to arrange in a different number of patterns.