Constructing a Garden Path

 


Article by: Philip Swindells

A well-laid path , Lawn Mower Safety is essential for the successful management of every garden. , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend The direction that it takes must be very clearly thought through to ensure its efficiency. It must be arranged so that there are no temptations to cut corners across the lawn , Want to Stamp Your Patio? or flower , Why a Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It beds and yet as far as possible it should be unobtrusive.

Like the garden , Spring Flower ing itself, a path , Guaranteed Gladioli, Summer Colour that Returns should be properly drained, especially if it is to be constructed from gravel , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower or a similar porous material. Surrounding ground must also be drained in such a way that the path , Guaranteed Gladioli, Summer Colour that Returns does not become a watercourse during periods of heavy rain or after snow-melt in colder districts. The scouring out of neatly raked gravel , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting by fast-flowing ground water , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting can be a great source of irritation.

Before construction, consider the possibility of the path , Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is Easy to Clean for Summer also being the line that takes services. Water , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower and electricity , Hedge Trimmers Are Tools Not Toys can very conveniently be directed along the line of the path , Trends and Styles of Patio Furniture so that there is never any danger of interference from cultivation. It is ill-advised to place , Winter Gardening Looking Towards Spring such services beneath a solid path, , How To Build A Waterfall such as concrete, , Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping but ready access can be gained through gravel, , Choosing Lawnmowers For Cutting Grass On Tennis Courts or beneath a paved path. , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting

A sound foundation is vital, even for a simple gravel path. , Growing Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit If a generous layer of stone , Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is Easy to Clean for Summer foundation is not laid down first of all it is almost certain that mud will squeeze through and within a season , Growing Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit the path , Solar Outdoor Lighting will become an unpleasant mud and gravel , Want to Stamp Your Patio? mixture which will then play host to weeds. , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest Prevent this by using fabric landscape , Choosing Lawnmowers For Cutting Grass On Tennis Courts matting laid over the soil , Choosing Lawnmowers For Cutting Grass On Tennis Courts in the path , Stressed Out? Maybe You Need a Gazebo area before spreading the gravel. , Solar Outdoor Lighting Such material permits water , Growing Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit to seep through, but prevents the mud from squeezing upwards.

There are all kinds of gravel , Winter Gardening Looking Towards Spring and gravel-like materials that can be used for path , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting construction, but all require a proper edging to retain the material. Many gardeners choose 15mm (1/2in) gravel , Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping as this is substantial and looks good. It is not the best utility choice though for it is quite difficult to push a wheelbarrow or pushchair over and it creates havoc with high-heeled shoes.

Fine shingle makes a far better surface providing that it is not scattered too liberally. However the best of all is self-binding gravel. , Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping This is of gravel-like appearance but of such a texture that it binds together in a neat hard surface. Once laid it merely needs rolling with a garden , Earthworms in the /Earthworm Facts roller. Crushed limestone can also serve the purpose, but it tends to become dusty during dry weather , Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is Easy to Clean for Summer and stick to shoes on wet days. It can also increase the alkalinity of nearby soil. , Guaranteed Gladioli, Summer Colour that Returns

Concrete is a serviceable but harsh option, which if laid properly with expansion joints, will last indefinitely. It is not a comfortable path , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 6 to walk along or work from in hot , Winter Gardening Looking Towards Spring weather, as there is considerable reflection and glare. The same applies to some of the modern paving slabs made from reconstituted stone. , Iris Flowers Remind Me Of Mom! Select these with great care choosing softer more subtle colors , Stressed Out? Maybe You Need a Gazebo to reduce discomfort. Also carefully select the surface. There are a number of more or less non-slip surfaces available; the most natural , Growing Orchids as House Plants looking of which is referred to as riven paving.
Philip Swindells - EzineArticles Expert Author
Philip Swindells has over 40 years gardening , Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping experience. A former botanical garden , Tulip Bulbs curator and an international horticultural consultant, he has worked extensively overseas. The Author of more than 50 gardening , Planting Around Tree Roots books, he has been awarded a Quill and Trowel Award by the Garden , Earthworms in the /Earthworm Facts Writers' Association of America. He is also a former UK Garden , Earthworms in the /Earthworm Facts Writer of the Year. He writes a popular daily gardening , Small Garden Bridges You'll Love To Cross! blog with gardening , Lawn Mower Safety news, views and updates http://www.gardenmessenger.blogspot.com/.

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