4 Ways to Design a Garden Path

A garden path can add beauty, texture and interest to your outdoor space, while encouraging visitors to enjoy the scenery in your garden. Paths also provide easy access for weeding, planting, pruning and harvesting. Garden paths can be simple, meandering, formal or rustic, and should be about 48 inches wide. Here are some of our picks to enhance your yard.



It’s fairly easy to make a mulch path – dig up the sod using your Garden Weasel Edger Chopper, layer on some landscape fabric, and spread decorative mulch, coarse wood chips, cocoa beans, pine needles or cypress bark thickly over the top. These light materials are an affordable choice that will naturally decompose over time, so you’ll need to freshen up your paths every few years.

Concrete Pavers

Creating the look of natural stone at a fraction of the price, concrete pavers can also be stained or painted. Stepping stones are the fastest, easiest way to build a path, because you don’t need to dig much, and a few stones go a long way. You’ll need to spread about an inch of sand under the stones to level them.

Repurposed Bricks

If you have a pile of weathered brick stepping stones beside your home that were left over from a DIY project, give them a new lease on life as a garden path. Lay them out in any pattern you choose, such as herringbone, checkerboard or geometric squares.

Crushed rock

Gravel, pea rock and crushed limestone looks great, plus it’s inexpensive and versatile. This long-lasting material just needs occasional weeding so it looks its best. Choose half-inch stones because they pack together better, making your path easier to walk on.

You can soften the straight lines of your path by planting fragrant, low-growing herbs between paving stones, or boxwood hedges alongside gravel and mulch paths.

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Garden Path with bench 

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Reddish stone garden path

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Square stone steps path

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Circular garden path

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Pea gravel garden path

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