Friday, 26 April 2013

Tips for developing a beautiful Pathway

The pathways of your landscape determine the entire appeal of your home or premises. Developing a beautiful pathway can be done with the help of professionals or on your own if you have the right knowledge about it. Though you may have enough creativity and adequate budget to handle the job on your own, you may, at times, do well to use a few tips that would add value and beauty to your pathways.

Here are some tips for developing a beautiful pathway:
  • Purpose: A pathway could either be merely decorative, or functional and useful. It is absolutely your personal choice to have trees and plants that yield you your favorite fruits and vegetables or just add colorful flowers that offer feast to the eyes of the visitors and yourself along your pathway.
  • Rounded: Even with the idea of having a vegetable garden, you can still make your pathway look more appealing if you round off its edges. Instead of having a single huge area, you can plant a number of small areas that are surrounding by curved pathways.
  • Trees: Though bricks and flagstones are easy to come by, if you want something that is really attractive, you might consider having round shaped lumbers. You may also choose to have deviations in the path to make it more appealing and interesting.
  • Draining: This is an extremely important aspect while developing a beautiful pathway. Though paved pathways bring down the amount of lawn work, they also cause draining problems if you do not install a proper drainage system while developing the pathway. Negligence towards assuring a proper drainage system will destroy your beautiful pathway in the future.
  • Edging: A decorative edging always enhances the beauty of any pathway irrespective of the material you use for the same. Some of the edging materials to enhance the beauty of the pathway include stones, leaves, wood chips, grass, etc.
  • Steps: Some people consider slopes as a disadvantage. However, in reality, when you integrate steps into your pathway, it will certainly enhance its overall appeal.
  • Know the Terms and Measures: ‘Tread’ refers to the horizontal surface of the pathway step, while ‘nose’ represents to the edge of the tread. The vertical area between any two steps is referred to as ‘riser’ and the angle or inclination of the entire steps on the pathway is referred to as the ‘pitch’. The angle or pitch must be 40 degrees, as this offers the best safety for kids and elders.
  • Landscaping: Though landscaping is quite common these days and you may want to stick to the present trend, you can still create a very unique design and think out of the box to make your pathway stand apart in the crowd. You can try out Palm trees, Minnesota, huge ferns, trimmed hedges, wisteria, etc. to add a variety of texture and color to your beautiful pathway.
  • Patterns: Irrespective of the length of the pathway, creative and majestic beauty can be added to it. Paving the path with stones or bricks with a range of distinctive patterns is one way to bring individuality and add a personal touch to the entire pathway.
  • Grass and Stones: If you have a huge pathway, it would be more appealing to have gentle curves in the path with long path stones between grass placed at even spacing.
Along with these tips, you can bring your creativity and design ideas to the table in order to ensure that your pathway has a great aesthetic appeal. You should also consider your future plans of expansion, and take into account certain elements of your existing pathway that you want to retain, while making changes in it.

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