Building a stone garden path can add some much-needed charm and whimsy to your backyard. It could also be the perfect feature to help brighten up the backyard patio ideas that you may have recently introduced into your yard space too. Stone paths offer a practical route for foot traffic through your garden or lawn without wearing down the vegetation. They also act as a practical form of ground cover.
There are many different types of building stone available, and many styles of pathways. It’s important to choose one suitable for the walkway you want to create. You also want to choose stone that complements your yard and home. Consider climate, how it will be used, how it will look with existing features in your yard. A loose pebble or gravel may spill over into neighbouring flower beds or lawn. There are many factors to consider when choosing a stone.
Denser stones (granite, bluestone or quartize) are better for colder climates where as softer stones (limestone and sandstone) are better for warmer climates. Softer stones tend to be more porous and can absorb water and crack more easily in cold climates.
Consider the use of the path. Is this a primary walkway with high foot traffic leading to an entrance? A secondary path to a garden will prevent wear on your lawn. If you haven’t had a walkway installed yet and are noticing wear on your grass, there are sites you can go to like Lawncare.net, which will be able to help you replenish your lawn and get it looking green and bright again. Plan accordingly – high foot traffic areas will need smooth uniform stone to prevent tripping hazards. Secondary and ornamental paths can be more spaced and rustic looking.
Know your square footage. Plan out and measure your path before you start stone shopping. This way you’ll have an accurate idea of price and store clerks will be more able to assist you.
Know how to prep your base. If you’re doing the install yourself different types of stone will require a different base preparation. This can add to your cost and install time. Educate yourself on how you’ll need to prepare the surface for the stone and style of path you’re creating. Poor underlayers lead to movement and damage.
A simple stone path is the perfect weekend project to enhance your backyard space. If you need help with your path you can take advantage of our new Landscape Design and Install Program, including professional design, 3D renderings and video walkthrough. If you love it, we’ll install it! Stop by today!