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Garden paths serve primarily to connect two points. In addition to this practical aspect, however their artistic effect should not be underestimated: they divide the garden into different spaces and connect the house, patio, lawns and flower beds. They can also reach more remote garden corners on dry ground. Hardly any other design element complements the effect of plants as perfectly as the footpaths between the beds. Therefore, they should be included in the planning very early.
Garden paths planning
A clear and well thought-out path is one of the most important features of successful garden planning. For a working path concept, it must therefore be clarified in advance which garden area is used and how. Functional connections, for example from the front door to the Garage or from the kitchen to the herb bed should lead as directly as possible to the destination. This results in a straight or only slightly curved course, which you can loosen up with luxuriously over the edge growing plants such as Stork beak or sparks or accentuate with strictly cut edging hedges. If your garden is large enough, it is a good idea to create curved paths that invite you to stroll. Large curves look more elegant than tight bends. In addition, you should orient yourself in your course to design elements such as a bed, a pond or a tree. A garden path that winds through a flat lawn with numerous turns, on the other hand, quickly appears conceptless.
The choice of path material
For the visual effect of a garden path, the path surface in particular plays a decisive role – it should in any case harmonise with the material of the buildings. However, you must also not neglect function and durability. Loose materials such as bark mulch, Gravel, Grit or Sand are suitable for less frequently used paths – the latter is also referred to as water-bound ceilings, depending on the design. They are quite inexpensive and pleasant to commit. Disadvantage: during heavy rains, washouts can occur and the shoes do not stay clean when damp.
The main paths in the garden should be fixed with paving and paving so that you can use them clean foot in all weather. If possible, use the same Material as for the courtyard entrance and the terrace, because this looks more harmonious than a colorful hodgepodge of different paving materials.
Due to its individual look and colour stability, natural stone is the first choice for many amateur gardeners. However, it should be noted that the surfaces of sedimentary rocks such as sandstone are quite sensitive to contamination. In addition, natural stones rank at the upper end of the price scale. Hands off supposedly inexpensive offers from the DIY stores, because these usually come from Asia, where the natural stones are often mined by minors under inhumane conditions. In addition, materials from overseas are only conditionally suitable for the Central European climate, depending on the type of rock. When choosing the type of rock, orient yourself to the desired garden style: Mediterranean Flair exudes bright sandstone, limestone and travertine. In modern gardens, on the other hand, darker granite, Basalt or slate is more effective. The natural stone prevailing in your surroundings usually suits the country house style best.