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
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.
This beautiful path leads all the way around the garden, making it a fabulous way to explore the differing views created.
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.
Here the path is dressed in graded limestone, to create a much more formal garden for the client.
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.
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..
It was a hot day when they completed these 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..
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.
Come listen to our podcast at www.growingtrends.org you may find some helpful hints or just learn some fascinating insights about our environment.