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June 27, 2012

Paths are an essential linking element in any garden and there’s a tendency to see them as functional rather than decorative. Keep them as wide as you can fit and let plants spill in from either side, make sure the surface is non-slip especially is shady areas and think about a wider range of surfaces than just standard pavers or stone flagging.

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Julie King
Julie King
8 years ago

We are planning a gravel path in our weekender garden.
What base will stop weeds and provide a level surface?

Catherine Stewart
8 years ago
Reply to  Julie King

Hi Julie,
Take care that the base you choose is not more coarse-textured (ie with bigger pieces) than the gravel topping otherwise the finer gravel works its way down, and the chunky pieces below end up rising to the surface. Also choose a sharp-edged topping gravel, not rounded pebble style, as rounded pieces roll under the foot and are much harder to walk on. I’d use a fine crusher dust subgrade (metal dust fines) that’s further stabilised with cement dust – you can just sprinkle the cement on and then hose it in. If you also compact the subgrade it will be more weed resistant. You could add a weedmat underneath but I haven’t found them to add much in weed resistance.