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The 4 Best Materials for Walking Paths

Even the smallest property can create interest in their landscaping theme by introducing walking paths. Walking paths can be installed using a long list of pathway material options laid out as paths leading to specific areas of the garden, or to simply add interest and texture. Here we look at the four best materials for walking paths based on the types of garden paths and walkways you wish to create. 

1. Mulch: The Best Pathway Material Options for a Casual Look 

Different walkways call for different types of materials. If you want to create a more casual look mulch is an excellent option for pathways. It is soft underfoot, adds texture, and also helps keep weeds at bay. Mulch is very casual, making it ideal for less formal gardens. It is also a natural material making it ideal if you don’t want to use man-made materials in your garden.  

You can also choose from different colours to complement hardscaping features in your outdoor space. Although mulch is more affordable than other materials, it also requires more maintenance. You will have to replenish your mulch pathways at least once a year, or more often if the pathway sees a lot of traffic. 

2. Gravel Walkway Materials: The Best Option for “Work” Paths 

Gravel is affordable and easy to install. It is ideal for the paths in your garden used for maintenance as it will stand up to the weight of a loaded wheelbarrow. Although it is very functional, it also won’t take away from even the most formal of gardens when combined with a nice stone border. Just make sure it leads to and from a shed or garage, as opposed to the main entrance to your home as you don’t want to trail in the pebbles from your shoes. The experts at Grand River Natural Stone can help you choose the right gravel for your space. Speak to one of our experts today. 

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3. Rocks for Walking Paths in Natural Schemes 

Of course, when it comes to garden pathway materials, the classic go-to has always been rocks. Rock works for all different kinds of pathways whether you want something formal, contemporary or edgy. The rock complements the landscaping scheme you’ve adopted, very naturally creating a lovely feature.  

The rounded texture is very calming, ideal for Zen garden themes. You can change the textured effect based on the size of rocks you choose to create different moods. Rocks also come in many tones and colours allowing you to use paths as a complementary hardscaping detail for your garden. 

4. Stone Pathway Materials for a “Tailored” Look 

If you want to create a more tailored look using garden pathway materials, stone pathway materials work best. There are many options in this category including various styles, colours and textures. You can combine different tones to create interesting, customized patterns, or go with a single type of stone for a more subtle look. Patio stones are rugged and long-lasting, yet can be used to create a very formal, elegant look. They are the first choice when creating tailored, stylish outdoor spaces. Stone pathway materials are functional and blend in with other hardscape materials including wood, and of course the plants in your garden beds. 

With these ideas as a base, you can consider the best materials for walking paths to suit your garden and needs. Speak to our team for advice on planning your garden walkways today. 

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