Paths

Granite sett path

Seeing as we have snow today, I thought it might be an idea to talk a little about paths and paving materials.

Not all paving is equal as they say, concrete for instance is often more slippery than say asphalt ( there is a standard called CBR – California Bearing Ratio, but often only used for roadways and cars)

So lets take a look at some paths

This gravel path works great, except when frost is just coming out of the surface, when it gets very sticky.
This gravel path works great, except when frost is just coming out of the surface, when it gets very sticky.

Gravel paths are both attractive, economical and if laid on a suitable base long lasting, a simple rake and roll often restores the path to its near original state. Keeping on top of surface weed growth is essential.

Paths should be at least 5ft wide to allow a couple to walk side by side..
Paths should be at least 5ft wide to allow a couple to walk side by side..

This beautiful path leads all the way around the garden, making it a fabulous way to explore the differing views created.

This scented path uses camomile
This scented path uses camomile

We used old railway sleepers and camomile to create this pathway, the camomile grows and covers the widened joints. When you walk on the camomile a lovely scent rises up.

A more formal gravel path
A more formal gravel path

Here the path is dressed in graded limestone, to create a much more formal garden for the client.

Here a zig-zag brick path leads from one section of the garden to another
Here a zig-zag brick path leads from one section of the garden to another

Using stock bricks that compliment the house colours is a good way to ‘link’ a garden design to a house.

Walking on a larger sized clean gravel, is both fun due to the noise and a safety feature as you can hear someone or something approaching.

Here we used a larger stone size to add that lovely crunching sound as you walk on the path
Here we used a larger stone size to add that lovely crunching sound as you walk on the path
Natural random rectangular stone
Natural random rectangular stone

Perhaps the most expensive form of path, the steps are laid in natural random rectangular stone, which is expensive to purchase and time consuming to lay..

Natural stone steps
Natural stone steps

It was a hot day when they completed these steps….

Probably the best material for steps
Probably the best material for steps

To finish with some of my favorite materials.

I’ve always tried to use natural materials on projects as the colour does not fade with time, they are often long lasting – if laid correctly. They always look soft and blend in so well with the surroundings..but natural comes with a significant cost increase..

Mixed brick and random rectangular yorkstone patio

A quick word about patios, if you are using the patio for entertaining a normal table with four chairs requires an area of approximately 10ft 6 ins ( 3m) x 10ft 6 ins (3m) to accommodate the table and chairs.

Laying small unit sett paving of almost random size in a radiating pattern requires skill and patience....
Laying small unit sett paving of almost random size in a radiating pattern requires skill and patience….

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