Green-Friendly Garden Pathway Ideas
A garden pathway can be designed in several creative ways. Homeowners often pay special attention to decorating and maintaining their garden pathway because it is the first feature of their house that visitors will see. If you wish to have a green-friendly garden pathway, the possibilities are many, a few of which are discussed here.
A major aspect to consider when thinking about a green-friendly pathway is the way it is lighted. Electricity is costly and, fortunately, various solar lighting possibilities can help you avoid such costs while also being environmentally friendly. Solar lights come in various shapes, types, colors and designs to suit everyone’s wishes. You can choose between hanging lights or lights that are inserted in the ground, referred to as stake lighting. They are made in such a way so as to be snuggled up in the soil, and when placed at regular intervals, create a pleasing lighting effect.
The flooring you decide to use for your garden pathway can also be environmentally friendly. A good idea, for instance, is to use bamboo flooring. Bamboo is a resource which grows in large amounts and relatively quickly. By laying the pathway for your garden with bamboo outdoor flooring you will be using a material which is not only environmentally friendly but also very decorative. Bamboo has an earth tone and a simple yet appealing natural texture. It does not require much maintenance since it is a great weather and water-resistant product. Furthermore, you can match some other accessories using bamboo, such as a gazebo, lamp holders and bamboo furniture in the remaining areas of your garden so as to complement the flooring in your pathway.
Other natural materials which are recommended for pathway flooring are crushed gravel and natural pavers. Crushed gravel provides a nice effect, however it may need some more attention in terms of regular maintenance.
Natural pavers are a very creative option which are also green-friendly. They provide a pleasant atmosphere and do not require much maintenance. A good idea is to use natural stone pavers in conjunction with landscape materials underneath them. Natural stone pavers will not be fixed exactly one nest to another and there will be some spacing in between. These can be enhanced by planting some type of low spreading plants, moss or chamomile, which will deter weeds from cropping up while providing a very pleasant look. Furthermore, they will help to reduce the need for maintenance since rain water is less likely to get trapped in between and there will be fewer run-offs.
Plants and Flowers
Decorating the garden pathway with plants and flowers will not only enhance the look of the pathway but also make it look more natural. It is important to be green-friendly by planting plants which are easy-to-grow and to maintain organically. Eco-friendly plants and low-water plants also have the advantages of conserving water, reducing rain water runoff, discourage pests, and lessen weeds from cropping up.
Managing to design a green-friendly garden pathway is both satisfying and fruitful. Nature has provided us with many resources and it would be very foolish for us not make good use of them in our every day lives.