We all love a garden path, whether winding or straight. Neat as a pin or overgrown with plants, backyard garden paths lead our eye through a garden, and add charm and focus as well. Every garden needs a path.
If you are not in need of an actual walkway through your garden, consider a path to lead to a focal point, around garden beds to make the yard look larger, or simply to nowhere in particular to add some structure and design elements.
1. Gravel Path
A gravel path is one of the most basic DIY garden path ideas you can do. It’s cheap and affordable and easy to do as you don’t have to dig very deep to achieve what you want.
2. Stone Edged Gravel Path
Enhance your basic gravel path by adding brick-shaped stones on each side of the path. This idea allows you to accentuate the edges of the path to give it more dimension and feel. This also gently tells the people on the path, to stay on it.
3. Stone Path
Stone paths are ideal if you want to add more naturalness to your garden. They come in different sizes and texture, and so each stone is unique. Stones also stand the test of time and can age beautifully and are great in any garden.
4. Paver Path
Another cool DIY garden path idea is to make use of Pavers. These are usually cut stone in the shape of rectangular bricks and lined up and placed tightly together. They can be incredibly durable and can withstand heavy abuse even. Depending on the side of your pathway, you can create magnificent designs just by how you place the bricks.
5. Wooden Step Path
Here’s a twist to your regular gravel path. The wooden step path, for this you’ll need to add wooden planks every so often along the gravel path. It adds rustic appeal and levels to your path and may be perfect for gardens with an uneven land.
6. Wooden Boardwalk
A wooden boardwalk will work with any garden or lawn. You can even use it as a pathway from the street to your house. This is also pretty good for sloping lawns or gardens and durable even in wet areas to some extent.
7. Paver and Pebble Garden Path
For this, you need to use Paver stones and pebbles (or you can use gravel if you wish). Unlike a traditional paver stone path, this kind of path uses square or tile-like stones, flagstones. Place them evenly spaced apart along the path. After that fill the gaps with pebbles. To make the stones pop, it is best to use a different shade of stone from the pebbles.
8. Flagstone Path
Flagstone is an ideal stone material to be used for garden or lawn paths. It usually comes in a reddish or orange-ish color that blends well in the dry climate and sunny areas and complements the greenery. Use a variety of sizes for the flagstones and cement them like a jigsaw puzzle. Use gravel to fill in the gaps.
9. Mulch and Stone Path
This garden path idea is fairly easy to do as it doesn’t require much digging on your part. There are edging materials that you can purchase; they just need to be laid out along your desired path. Once you have a path in place, place any flat stone in your desired layout and spacing then cover the rest of the gaps with mulch. It’s fairly easy to do and does not take a lot of time.
10. Planted Path
This is similar to a regular garden path. However, this path doesn’t require a firm base, which makes the steps easier. Also no need to place edging as you will use plants to cover the gaps between the stones. You can use flat surface stones (for example, flagstones) of different sizes. Place them evenly along your path. You will need to dig a bit to get the stones firmly planted in.