Making a path, instructions

Today we will see how make a path garden by placing the elements directly on the ground.

With what can you make a path ? A path can be built with different materials, including recycled materials such as railway sleepers and old tiles. In specialized shops you will find materials created specifically for creation of paths:
-elements in imitation wood
- self-locking
- cubes of profido
- river stones
- pebbles

Making a path, the difficulty
The difficulty depends on two factors, the type of material chosen and the driveability of the path. If the path to be made it is intended for pedestrian traffic only, it will be possible to lay the elements directly on the ground or on a bed of sand or beaten for composite surfaces. Should the path be used for the transit of vehicles it will be necessary to prepare a concrete foundation specially reinforced with electro-welded mesh.

Another factor of crucial importance is that of setting up a system capable of disposing and managing rainwater in the best possible way so as to avoid puddles and other annoying stagnations.

Such as make a path, the instructions
1) The preparation of the soil
The pedestrian paths that develop on a grassy surface can be quickly made with a laying of natural or squared stone slabs. The first thing to do, in this context, is the creation of a flat and regular support: in theory, the installation could be carried out directly on the grass but to maximize stability it is better to remove the turf in correspondence with each stone that it will have to be installed.

2) The spaces
The cracks that form between one stone and another can be managed in two ways. It is possible to fill the thickness with suitably compacted gravel, with sand or arrange for grassy growth between the spaced elements. Should you opt for the second hypothesis, after laying it, you can plant ground cover species or create borders along the path in order to obtain natural boundaries. With the provision of ground cover species, a minimum of maintenance must be performed: with an electric brush cutter or scissors, it will be necessary to periodically cut the grass that grows between the elements that make up the trip.

3) The arrangement of the elements
Depending on the material and the shape of the elements chosen, you can continue with a more or less natural installation. Who intends make a path with square elements you can obtain an orderly grid interspersed with grassy growth. Who intends make a path with river stones with irregular shapes, you will be able to obtain a natural-looking trip accentuated by the stones spaced apart to allow the growth of flowering plants and bushes. Still, some items lend themselves well to make a path approached to a flowering hedge.

It all depends on the tastes and shape of the materials chosen, the only recommended "rules" are:
- if elements of the same format are used, it is better to lay them staggered or in any case following a logic (laying with elements in pairs, laying in continuous staggered rows, laying with alternating horizontal / vertical elements ...)
- if you use elements of different shapes, the laying must be casual.