It's hard to be creative when budgets are tight. But, nevertheless, sometimes you can do something original and at minimal cost.
After renovation or construction, a lot of debris remains. No need to rush to throw it away! Well, at least not all. Something can be used for future use, give the waste a second life and make paths out of this in the garden, vegetable garden, on your own plot.
Garden paths are more than just decor - in inclement weather and when watering the beds, they keep feet and shoes clean.
How can the tracks be arranged economically?
Use "waste" - fragments and pieces of stones, concrete, tiles, granite, bricks (as well as brick chips), wooden round cuts and blocks, packaging for building materials, wooden pallets, old dried wood, unnecessary boards, car tires.
Use the cheapest materials and technologies - sand, crushed stone, gravel, sand, sawdust.
Do everything with your own hands - for example, prepare a cement mortar and fill in not too wide paths.
Where to begin?
First of all, you need to think over the shape, location of the track, outline the outline. Any pattern can be created using pegs hammered into the ground, tape or thread. Or you can just dig them a little with a shovel, and if the line is accidentally bent, then you just need to trample the ground with your feet and "outline" again.
If there are doubts about the "evenness" of the paths, it is recommended to climb some elevation (stepladder, roof) in order to assess the contour of the lines from the height. By the way, smooth lines are more comfortable perceived "by eye".
When the material has already been selected, you can start preparing the soil - clear it of grass, debris, dig a trench (its depth depends on the selected material, 15-30 cm). After the trench is ready, you can start laying materials.
If the path will be lined with any kind of tiles, it is better to start paving from the corner. Then all the cracks are rubbed with a mixture of cement and sand or just sand.
It is great if there are many large and medium-sized flat stones. Such stones usually remain after any construction work, and often in newspapers or on the Internet you can find advertisements with offers to pick up such stones free of charge. They are perfect for paving a garden path. If the stones are more than 2 cm thick, then they can be laid in the ground without applying a cement base.
True, over time, they can "creep away" and the contour of the track will be worn. So that the contour is not lost, you can arrange a path of stones with a border. In this case, you can do without cement mortar. As a border, you can use a brick, trimming of the same natural stone. To "cut" a stone, you need to stock up on a grinder and a diamond-coated iron disk.
And if you want an original and very unusual path, you can use several materials at once, create patterns from fragments of bricks and concrete, stones of various sizes, rubble.
There are three main reasons:
1. The aesthetic qualities of the site are improved. Such an advantage will be available only in one case - if everything is done beautifully and accurately. Many summer residents try to make paths in a few days, without even thinking about their appearance.
2. It will be possible to create a weed-free area that does not require additional processing.
3. It will be convenient to walk on them. And most importantly, it will be possible to inspect your site after a heavy rain, without being afraid to smear your shoes.
Nicely designed paths for the summer cottage give the site a well-groomed and tidy look. If there is no time and desire to make them from natural materials, they choose polymer analogs: rubber, polypropylene, plastic. Garden path tiles are easy to install on any flat surface, and the variety of options realizes any design idea.
Varieties of artificial garden paths:
Ready-made paths and tiles for paths in the garden make it easier to implement ideas for creating your own, unique landscape design.
You can also buy tiles for garden paths with delivery from a warehouse across the Russian Federation and the CIS (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Minsk, Astana, etc.). If you have any questions, call 8-800-234-1000 and get a free consultation from our specialists.
Ornamental garden paths are a functional element of a personal plot. The paths should be comfortable and provide access to all areas. Before laying paths for the garden, they draw up a detailed work plan, draw a diagram and decide what material to make them from.
Materials from which country paths are made:
Self-production of paths for the garden begins with marking their scheme on the site. The fertile soil layer is removed, and the resulting trench is covered with sand or gravel. To strengthen the soil, geotextiles are laid on top - a non-woven material that prevents subsidence and destruction of the tracks. The selected material is placed on top.
You can also buy paths for summer cottages with delivery from a warehouse across the Russian Federation and the CIS (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Minsk, Astana, etc.). If you have any questions, call 8-800-234-1000 and get a free consultation from our specialists.
The first material that is unacceptable for garden paths is slate. He's too fragile and unreliable.
After a few months, it will split into many small fragments that will fill the entire garden area. Also, slate cannot be called a cheap material, even if it got free, in any case it is better to refuse to use it.
Natural stones are also not a good option. The main reason is that it is difficult to pave the aisle.
Of course, if you have a few free weeks and a lot of free time, you can try. However, before laying, it is worthwhile to prepare the soil and fill in fine gravel so that the stones do not fall through after a certain time.
Wood and roofing felt are also not good options. They are unreliable and will last for several years. Although, if you need to make a temporary decision, why not.