An easy way to update your landscape is to add a pathway and we have some ideas for you. With the water situation the way it is, a pathway reduces the amount of area you need to water.
Depending on the materials you choose to build it, the costs to do so can be quite reasonable. Better still, the pathway can actually become a source of aesthetic interest in and of itself.
A very inexpensive material you can use for a pathway project is concrete. One place to get it is from a building site. The construction company will more than likely give you concrete chunks – which it must dispose of anyway – for little or no cost.
You can bury the concrete pieces in the ground with the smooth side at ground level, staggering them until you’ve formed a path. Painting the chunks in two alternating neutral colors can create a faux flagstone look. You may also consider planting some aromatic herbs between the broken concrete pieces for added effect.
Another inexpensive pathway-building material is gravel. Pea gravel and decomposed granite are two of the most popular gravel types available. Commercial landscaping outlets will typically give you the best deals. Otherwise you can pick some up at your local nursery. Even you have to have the gravel delivered to you, the material cost will still be quite affordable.
You can also use a light-colored mulch to create garden pathways. Light-colored mulches tend to blend in better with the outdoor environment than dark ones, and they present a more informal appearance. Although mulch has to be replaced once or twice a year, the cost is comparatively low when considering other, more permanent materials such as brick or stone.
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