Now, when you design garden paths, you do not have to choose between these two options. Just “try” on your site our advice and-to business!
Usually the tracks on the suburban area are divided into “already beautiful” and those that need to improve the appearance. We will consider both situations and advise what to do in each of them.
If the paths in your favorite garden have long become an integral part of the landscape and already serve as its decoration, you just have to make them more expressive. It is very simple to implement this recommendation — it is necessary to emphasize the lines of “communication routes” with a contrasting border or a spectacular border.
The beautiful line of the path gives completeness to the whole landscape. It can be an entrance path from the gate and gate to the house, and a walking path from one part of the garden to another.
A beautiful line should be highlighted with simple and affordable landscape techniques. For example, a path can wind through a vast lawn like a dry, winding riverbed. Expressiveness in this case is achieved due to the contrast of green grass with the color and texture of the road surface, as well as a clearly designed edge. The bordering path can serve as a frame for the ensemble of the building and the landscape composition broken in front of it, whether it is a group of shrubs, conifers, a mixborder or a simple flower garden. Such a frame distinguishes and keeps in the unity of the ensemble the architecture of the building and its floral design. Finally, with the help of the track can be simply and effectively separated the flower garden and lawn.
Tip: to lay a picturesque line of the track — a real art, and in a hurry in this case is not worth it. The professional will easily transfer the line from the plan to the nature, using only pegs. Without experience, it is much easier to imagine what the track will look like, whether the curves will fit gracefully enough into the overall landscape and whether there are too many of them, if you first lay a flexible hose on the ground. Having achieved the desired line, the result is fixed with pegs, which are always hammered on the same side of the hose. The more pegs — the more smooth and natural the line will be. After charting the trajectory, take a pause of a couple of days. Such a break is necessary to take a fresh look at the results of creative searches and soberly assess the elegance of the line from different points of the plot. Believe me, it is better to move the hose a few times than to stay with a track that does not please you.
In the second case, the paths perform their main function, but at the same time violate the harmony of the garden from an aesthetic point of view. How to be, if for convenience of country existence it is really necessary a set of various passes and approaches, and the site cut by paths looks like a patchwork quilt? There are options!
Two in one
Combine the path with the blind area, the ring encircling the house, so you will open access to all sides of the site at once. Important: if the width of the usual blind area is 80 cm, the combined version can be much wider — up to 1-1, 2 m. for water flow, many make the blind area so steep that it is already inconvenient to walk on it. In fact, to remove water from the Foundation is quite a small slope of 1 cm by 1 m. This curvature when walking, you will not even notice, and the water will still flow freely.
Walking on the grass … is allowed!
It is not always appropriate to cut a beautiful small lawn with the line of the path, and at the same time it is through it that it is most convenient to get to the desired corner. If it is not an object of first necessity, and the route is used with a moderate load, it is quite possible to walk directly on the grass. For a lawn in this case choose the grass mixtures resistant to trampling, for example, a sports lawn.
Miracles of disguise
Depending on the method of planting, shrubs can both emphasize the line of the track and mask it. For example, the passage around the perimeter of the house is easy to hide, planting on the outside of the path low bushes, “elongated” in a solid line. This technique is often used to hide a high Foundation, and in this case, a strip of vegetation will mask both the Foundation and the path with a blind area. A tall Bush or arch at the beginning of the path will make it less visible, partially blocking the view and switching attention. Important: in order not to disturb the comfort when moving, start this corner with a wide area. And the path itself just behind the arch or masking Bush can be greatly narrowed.
Use the dotted line
Shrubs, separately planted with unequal intervals along the path, visually “break” a solid line.
Don’t be afraid to combine
The combination of road surfaces made of different materials (tiles, wild stone, pebbles, rubble and sand), the inclusion of mosaic elements, as well as a variety of textures and patterns turn the track into an art object that will no longer be perceived as a monolithic transport artery.
A common technique is to leave pockets in the paving for planting creeping groundcover plants. Not always in the garden there is a place for rockery, where such plants usually live. In a flower garden next to traditional perennials, they will not survive, and among the paving in the pockets between the tiles or stone, you can successfully place a whole collection. The same principle is used for larger projects, when the whole landscape is created so that you will not say unequivocally that in front of you-paving with pockets for flowers or flower garden, which is convenient to walk, stepping from stone to stone.
Important: special ease of care of the flower garden in a hybrid format is guaranteed only if you carefully release the site from the rhizomes of perennial weeds, and only then plant the plants. Otherwise, the rhizomes find shelter under a stone, from where they are more difficult to remove than from the ground in a conventional flower bed.
Step in step!
Walking paths made of flat wild stone are not too noticeable from the side, well hidden in the grass, economical in the use of material, quite simple in performance, do not interfere with the care of the lawn, create a special comfort when moving on the lawn in wet weather.
In the regeneration sink the stone or tile in a sandy pillow, inflating at 1-3 cm above the surface of the earth so that this obstacle did not prevent the knives of the mower.