Are you thinking about adding a new pathway to your garden or replacing the pathway that is currently there? If so, there are some important factors you should consider before you make this alteration to the outside area of your home. A pathway will get a lot of punishment once it’s put in place, so you need to be certain it meets your requirements. Below are some of the most important factors you need to consider before creating a pathway for your garden.
The Materials to Be Used to Construct the Pathway
Homeowners have a number of different types of pathways to choose from and they can be constructed using various types of materials. The most popular types of materials used to build these garden features include concrete, decomposed granite, timber products and pebbles. The type of material you use should look appealing and it should complement the surrounding features in your garden, yard or patio.
When you’re adding to the outside area of your home, there is usually a cost involved. You will more than likely have to pay for labor and the materials you decide to use will determine the overall cost of this type of project. The size of the pathway is also a key concern, because naturally enough, the larger your pathway is, the more materials it will require to build it and the more man hours will be required, which increases the cost even more.
Who Will Do the Work?
Laying down a pathway takes some skill and experience and you want this type of work to be completed to a high standard. This means you need to think carefully about who you hire to do this work.
In some cases, homeowners are interested in DIY and prefer to do the work themselves. However, if you take this route you need to know what you are doing and, if possible, you should consult with a construction expert before going ahead with this type of project.
If you’re not confident about your DIY skills or the DIY skills of your partner, it may be a good idea to get help from the professionals. Before you hire any construction company or worker to do this work, make sure you have a look at some of their handy work first and look for recommendations from other people you trust, before asking anyone to add a pathway to your home.
Height and Location of the Pathway
If you’re putting in a new pathway, you’ll want to make sure it’s slightly raised above the ground around it, because many gardens are susceptible to flooding. This is particularly true if you are replacing a certain piece of grass in your garden with a new pathway. If water regularly collects on your pathway it will be of little use and it won’t be long before it starts to erode and disintegrate because of this excess water.
A pathway is a garden feature most people take for granted. However, when you’re adding this type of feature to the outside of your home, it’s important to choose the right solution, by considering each of the factors above.