Description: Mulch is essentially decaying natural materials such as leaves, bark, wood chips and compost. It comes in a variety of sizes from small to large and you can also purchase softer mulch for play areas. Mulch is often used to suppress weeds in borders.
Suits: Gardens with a natural or woodland design such as country cottage gardens.
Pros: Mulch paths are inexpensive and are very quick to lay. The path shape can be as creative as you want from curvy to straight. This material creates a soft path which gives a woodland feel. The material is organic so it is environmentally friendly.
Cons: The path surface will not be entirely flat. You will need to top up your mulch as it decays into the ground over time. If you have heavy rain and poor drainage the path may become soggy and therefore difficult to walk on. In strong winds the material could be blown over the garden.
Garden Mulch Path
Description: Gravel is small stones which comes in a wide variety of colours and sizes. It ranges from washed gravel in golden and brown tones to quartz gravel and white limestone.
Suits: Gravel paths can suit a cross section of garden designs from country cottage right through to contemporary. It also works well to create formal gardens, especially if you cut the path in straight lines.
Pros: An inexpensive material and very quick to lay. You can be creative in terms of the path shape. Small stones feel more comfortable to walk on than larger sizes.
Cons: Gravel may need replacing after some time. Very small stones may be regarded as an outdoor litter tray by some cats! Gravel can get stuck in your shoes and be transported into the house which could cause damage to wooden floors. This type of surface may be difficult for children and seniors to walk on.
Garden Gravel Path
Description: Wooden decking and planks can be used to create a garden path. Types of wood range from softwood to hardwood with different colours and textures. Decking can vary from smooth to grooved and non-slip options.
Suits: Ideal for gardens which have a decked area, a path constructed of the same material will give your garden a cohesive look. Depending on the type of wood used and the design, wooden and decking materials can suit all garden styles.
Pros: Gives your garden a natural look. You can design the path in any style you wish from curved to straight. You can opt for anti-slip or grooved decking or planks for safety.
Cons: Can be expensive to purchase the materials if you opt for costly hardwood. Will require maintenance. Depending on the type of wood used the surface may become slippery in wet weather.
Garden Wooden Path
Description: Crazy paving is natural and irregular shaped flat stone which is cemented together to create a haphazard pattern.
Suits: Crazy paving works well in country cottage style and old fashioned gardens. It evokes a quaint old England feeling for an idyllic garden.
Pros: These types of stones can be inexpensive. The design of the path can be creative and you can wind around planting and borders. It gives bland gardens a touch of decoration. You can add broken tiles and stones into the design or leave gaps for plants to grow.
Cons: Crazy paving is deemed to be old fashioned and will not work in a contemporary garden design. This type of path can be time consuming to lay.
Garden Crazy Paving Path
Description: Paving slabs is an extensive category with different materials which vary in colours and textures. These range from sandstone to limestone, travertine and slate. Colours include natural shades through to dark greys and even black. Shapes also vary from squares to oblongs, circles and irregular.
Suits: With such a diverse range of options you can pick paving slabs to suit any garden design. Natural colours with texture would suit traditional settings whereas smooth square stones in dark colours would be more applicable to contemporary gardens.
Pros: Paving will last a long time if laid by an expert. It will give you a flat surface which is essential for your garden table and chairs. You have a vast selection available to suit small to large budgets.
Cons: The more beautiful the stones, the more expensive. This type of path takes longer to lay than other materials.
Garden Paving Slab Path
Description: Brick paths come in variety of brick types and colours. Bricks can be laid in a number of ways to create patterns. You can use new or reclaimed bricks. Cobbled paving is also another option if you’d rather go for a traditional appearance.
Suits: Traditional and Victorian style gardens. However, you can use contemporary colour bricks for a modern garden.
Pros: Long lasting material which will stay in good condition for many years. You can use bricks to create straight or curved paths. The number of colours ranging from golden and sandy tones through to red and dark grey gives you a wide choice.
Cons: This type of path is expensive in terms of materials and is very time consuming to lay such a path.
Garden Brick Path
Considerations for Garden Path Ideas
As you can see, there are many different types of materials and styles for garden pathways. To help you decide on the material and the style, here are a few considerations to mull over.
- Paths give you a safe area to walk in the garden. Think about who is going to use the path, is it seniors, adults, children or pets.
- A well designed path can add decoration and interest to your garden. It can also improve the kerb appeal of your property. Think about what style and material would enhance your property and outside space.
- Paths take you to important areas like the shed or composting. They also stop plants being trampled on and mud being walked into the house. Think about why you need or want a path, is it to take you to the end or the garden or do you want it to add decoration.
Contemporary Garden Path Paving Stepping Stones
Make Your Garden Path Ideas a Reality
If you are interested in a having a new garden path, please call Acacia Gardens today on 020 8800 3866 or contact us here. We can help you make a choice on materials and the design to enhance your garden and take into account your budget requirements based on your own garden path ideas. You can find inspiration for walkways on our Garden Paths Pinterest Board which shows a selection of photographs gathered from the internet.