Many elements make up a complete yard space, from lush landscaping, to task-oriented and ambient lighting, to patios or decks for placing lounge furniture. You might even include extras like a fire pit or water feature for added use value.
First, however, you have to make sure your yard is functional, and this means adding walkways to conveniently traverse the space without trampling the lawn. When it comes to installing crushed rock pathways, there are several directions you could go. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
The potential difficulty of using crushed rock or gravel for the pathways in your yard is that it might migrate beyond intended borders. As people walk over loose stone, it may naturally shift and start to spread into nearby grass, planter beds, and so on.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to maintain the pristine edges of your pathway. All you have to do is line the path with larger stones, pavers, or bricks, for example, to contain crushed rock to its set borders and create the attractive, graveled pathways that will make your yard both functional and visually appealing.
There’s no hard and fast rule saying you have to limit yourself to a single pathway material, which means you can have some fun mixing and matching to create a truly unique addition to your yard that matches your property and your personal aesthetic preferences. Consider, for example, placing natural stone pavers along the pathway as stepping stones.
This can add utility, as well as a fun visual element to your yard. You can space pavers evenly or get more creative with the use of different sized pavers and uneven placement for a more organic feel. If you want an original take on the traditional gravel pathway, adding complementary materials is a great option.
Not all yards feature flat land. If you’re dealing with a grade, you might need to rethink your strategy when it comes to adding crushed rock pathways. One great idea is to create stairways by terracing. You can then arrange gravel on a flat surface and add stone or railroad ties to create a sort of retaining wall for each step. This is a beautiful and functional way to add the ability to traverse even steeply graded portions of your yard, creating more usable space in the process.
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