Every garden or front yard has a walkway, whether planned or otherwise, and a good walkway can provide safe, easy access to your house while keeping your feet dry. Walkways can do much more, but it is important to do what looks aesthetically pleasing for your yard while keeping functionality in mind.
The most essential part of building a path is to decide how the path will route. If you plan to have multiple paths, it is best to start with the path that will be the most direct route to your home’s entrance. It is also advised that you keep the path to the main entrance straight so it extends the architecture of the building.
Your secondary path can branch off from the primary path and take the person through a vegetable garden or to a secluded bench. The primary path needs to be wide and easy to walk through. However, the secondary path doesn’t need that. As a general rule, your primary path may have multiple people walking on it at a time, so making it 3 feet wide can be beneficial. Whereas your secondary path will likely only have one person at a time, it is okay to make that one more narrow.
When you are finally ready to install your path, you should consider a base of crushed stone to keep the pathway level for years. Of course, soil type and climate type determine how deep you should make it, but an experienced contractor can give you tips on this process.
While building a walkway can be a DIY project, it may be beneficial to hire a landscaping expert to make the most out of your landscape and path. A landscaping expert, such as Next Step Landscaping, can help you plan an aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape path through your property.