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How to create a fast, easy, and effective garden path

There are so many reasons to create a pathway in your garden. Not only does it make it easier to get around, a path can also be designed to draw the eye to certain areas, or even make the garden look larger.

Luckily it’s easy to build a fast and affordable garden path in most areas of the garden. In this blog post we’ll talk about both bark and woodchip, and gravel paths, and tell you how you can create your own.

Bark Paths

Bark and wood chip paths are easy to create, easy to maintain, and blend in beautifully with their natural surroundings. Bark and wood will slowly decompose, and will typically need refreshing every two years or longer. Bark paths laid in wet areas may also get slightly soggy, so you may prefer to use gravel in these areas.

Gravel Paths

Gravel paths are very long lasting, and will only require an occasional weeding. The disadvantages of gravel paths are the stones themselves finding their way in to your house, and in to other parts of the garden.

Gravel Path

Creating a Foundation

To start building your path, dig a shallow trench (around 6 inch) the length and width that you desire. You can then lay down a simple underlay of cardboard, or use fabric or plastic sheets if you want to prevent weed growth through a gravel path. Bear in mind that plastic sheets will interfere with drainage.

Edging your Path

You can choose a path edging depending on whether you want it to be seen or not. Garden edging strips, and strip edges made from plastic or metal will be barely visible beside the path, unless the path is sloping or lay over bumpy ground. Some nice decorative material to edge your path borders are chunks of brick or stone, and slices of old tree trunks cut in to circular or semicircular shapes.

Once you’ve edged your path, you can fill it in with your choice of either bark chippings, wood chippings, or gravel. Remember to keep the path weed free, and top up your wood path every so often to prevent loss from decomposition.

Cat on a bark chip path

Most importantly – enjoy your lovely new path!