Ideas for Your Walkways
The walkways in your landscaping are an important part to how your yard and lawn look. What should they consist of?
Here are some fairly easy and unique options for your walkways that won’t break the bank. No matter what type of landscaping you have or what aesthetic you are going for, there will be an option on the list for you.
Brick is a great choice for any walkway. It comes in different colors and the blocks can be arranged in dozens of different ways.
Running bond, a herringbone pattern, basket-weave...The possibilities are endless for arranging bricks to your liking to form the perfect path.
The herringbone design basically consists of parallel rows of lightning bolts. It is also commonly designed as rows of L shapes – starting from the bottom L, each succeeding L shape is nestled on top of the crock formed by the two bricks below it.
Informally, you could also think of it as a zigzag pattern as well.
This pattern forms a grid-work of squares. Each square in the basket-weave pattern is composed of just two bricks, but with an alternating orientation. This means that in one of the squares, the two bricks run vertically, and in the next the bricks will run horizontally.
Running Bond Pattern
If you would like something less intricate and easier to lay out, the running bond pattern is perfect.
Now this pattern does create a natural curb in your walkway, so you won’t want this in an area where a straight walkway is more appropriate.
This pattern simply consists of bricks laid out in rows, end to end, and the “seams” should not match up perfectly. A brick walkway where the seams line up perfectly would be referred to as a stacked bond design.
We love this design for large gardens or backyards with a winding path.
Another great option, especially if you have some old pallets laying around, is making a recycled walkway out of pallet wood. This option is cheap, easy, and still looks great at the end of the project.
You can either keep the pallets whole for your design, like the builder in this video:
Or, if you would prefer, you can take the wood apart for a more intricate design. A pallet consists of thin strips of wood that can be cut and put together in any design that you would like.
Mulch is another fantastic option for a pathway. It requires very little initial work, you simply need to buy the product and spread it within the area you want the walkway to be. Since this is a rather messy substance, you may want to consider creating a border around the walkway area as well.
This is perfect if you don’t have pets or children running around the backyard, as it can be spread around easily. But if it’s a fairly calm area and/or you have a border around it, it’s ideal for a walkway.
Last but certainly not least, we have a tile walkway.
This is a fairly simple process as well, and it offers so many different options for colors, shapes, and sizes. No matter what you are looking for in a walkway, you can easily find a tile that works for you.
Now this process is a little more in depth than simply laying down mulch or gravel, but the end result will be much more neat and detailed. You can choose tiles as small or as large as you’d like, or even create a mosaic out of broken pieces of tile.
If you find that you need assistance with planning or executing your walkway ideas, feel free to contact us at any time for guidance and tips.