Paths of stone slabs sunk into the soil
As well as taking into account the floral enrichment of the green area, the corners dedicated to relaxation and the destinations of use of the various areas of the garden, it is necessary to carefully choose the areas dedicated to the passage. The garden paths, together with the other elements, are of primary importance because they are a means not only of communication, but also of decoration of the grassy landscape that we have available. Unless you have experience in the field, you need to get accurate help before choosing the right materials to build garden paths because we must take into account the cutting of the grass especially if stone slabs are inserted directly into the ground. A competent person will be able to advise through their experience how to act.
In the case mentioned, it is necessary to know that when you go to cut the grass with the use of a mechanical lawnmower, you will have to stop where the stone slabs have been placed and continue using long gardening shears.
If you intend to place these slabs, despite this, you must do it by laying a bed of mortar and placing the slabs at a distance of about 60 centimeters from each other so as to obtain the equivalence of a step. The row can be single or double, depending on your taste. The laying of these slabs is quite simple and the variety of materials with multiple colors, offer the buyer a wide range of choice. There are countless colors and more or less resistant and decorative materials.
Very beautiful is the beola that with exposure to atmospheric agents, becomes further decorative and fascinating. This type of driveway almost necessarily requires the outline of low hedges but is not a fixed rule. It can be adorned with plants with hanging flowers which, when they bloom, give shine and splendor to the environment but have the disadvantage of being left bare in winter and the avenue remains off until the next flowering. The evergreen hedge instead, not from this type of problem and the avenue always remains rich even if it gives the impression of being cold and impersonal. It should be kept in mind that only colored flowers give the feeling of joy and fullness. It is advisable if you want to delimit the driveway with flowering plants, ask a trusted nurseryman who can advise you on the choice of perennial flowering plants.
Gravel paths and bark mulches
Another very classic driveway is the one formed by the gravel. This can be bounded by bricks in tuff and is a cover with convenient costs and low price but it is not practical enough. It can however be used if the entrance to which it leads, is not main but secondary. The reason is very simple, it makes it difficult, in fact, the passage of wheelchairs, strollers or wheelchairs for the disabled. It is also quite expensive as far as maintenance costs are concerned. The gravel in fact, from time to time must be replaced and reintegrated because it can easily form depressions especially if not evenly distributed. However, the decorative effect of this type of driveway is very beautiful but it is better to think more of practicality than beauty, especially if the avenue has to be walked several times a day. The same thing applies to the bark mulch paths that, while giving the garden a truly stunning scenic effect, need constant reintegration of material and continuous maintenance because over time the bark disintegrates. This type of walking surface can also be used as a secondary route and this avenue can also be bordered by bricks or flowering plants or evergreen hedges. However it is good to keep in mind that the use of bark mulch is often used to avoid the growth of weeds in the flowerbeds and therefore it would be of considerable utility for the plants that would eventually be planted to better define the avenue.
Very functional but also much more expensive, are the granite or tuff paths that give a really pleasant effect and are versatile and easily washable. Very light, these bricks give the surrounding landscape a sense of order and cleanliness and are certainly worth what they cost. Lately, however, similar bricks from the recycling of plastic materials are on sale. The effect is beautiful all the same, they cost much less than the others and are also robust and resistant.
How to evaluate the materials and plants used to delimit the avenue
Whatever the material used to make the driveway, it is always necessary to evaluate certain things such as laying stones which is very important. We must take great care of the materials that are used for the laying that must necessarily be of excellent quality so that the elements do not move over time and with wear. If this happens, it is advisable to insert a fair amount of gravel under the rocking stones so that you can find the balance between all the elements. Among the joints lawn grass can be planted in order to give birth to a very soft turf. It is a good habit, however, to combine aesthetics and safety by using stones that offer excellent stability to the foot and at the same time give the landscape the final effect that the designer had calculated. Whatever slab you choose to give shape to a driveway, it is always better not to overdo the decorative effects that could end up contrasting with the effect you wanted. It is therefore preferable not to exceed even because the unit cost of the material could prove to be greater than expected. The choice of the material of the slabs to be placed for the construction of the paths, therefore, must be carefully weighed keeping in mind before setting up the surface, both of the wear that this will undergo and of the atmospheric agents that can ruin over time. the elements.
Garden paths: Plants for paths
We must also consider, as we have previously seen, also the elements that will define the avenue. It is preferable to ask a nurseryman, if the growing roots could raise the slabs of the avenue and in this case, it is better to take advantage of his advice and buy plants that do not have roots that are easily prolonged. For the same reason, also pay attention to the plants that are placed when the avenue turns and that are placed in the corners. It is good to make sure that as they grow their roots do not grow and branch out excessively with the dangerous risk that they may raise the slabs. It is however also possible to delimit the avenues with high walls instead of bricks and plants or leave the avenues free from boundaries and plant bushes or hedges quite far from them but at the same time visible. Of course it is not advisable to plant saplings that once grown could in the same way raise the slabs.