Posted on 12th May 2021
Creating pathways from a patio to a gate doesn’t just have to be functional. It can, with a bit of creative design, be a key feature to the garden space. Using stone or porcelain dimensional paving is the conventional way to create pathways, but there several other simple and effective methods that are explored in this feature:
Using small paving setts as an edge to the lawn is a great low maintenance feature that can provide a lawn mowing strip, but adding three or four more rows that can follow the contours and shape of the lawn can also double up as a practical path and transition way to navigate around the garden.
Stepping stones have been used in gardens to meander around planting beds and navigate to other garden features for many years and are simple to create using dimensional stone or porcelain paving.
Paving set into 20mm slate chipping is a popular and straightforward way to create pathways but not have to use large amounts of the more expensive dimensional paving, whilst also proving a great drainage solution in areas that can become waterlogged. The use of slate fines is an even better option if the path is to be used for small children to navigate on bikes as it can be compacted and creates a semi-hard surface with much less movement than conventional slate chippings.
One of the most cost-effective and most straightforward solutions is to use 20mm slate chippings on some compacted stone and membrane to create low maintenance, hardwearing and practical pathway surface. The slate is typically laid at a minimum depth of 40mm and is a great DIY project that can help transform the garden.
Stone paving setts are great for creating pathways where you want some extra shape or need to navigate a slope. The small modular size enables curves and patterns to be used and allow slopes and falls to be created without steps.
Whatever the situation, a little creative thinking will usually suffice and create paths in the garden that can is a focal point to the garden space.