A backyard should be a place to escape the stress of the day, unwind, and meander among the flowers. But to stop and smell those roses, you’ll need a pathway to get there. Landscaping for patios and walkways opens up a world of possibilities for creativity in your garden. From flagstone steps to your front door, to paving stone paths winding to an outdoor dining area, the options are endless.
There are several reasons you may be considering landscaping with walkways and patios. It’s all about making connections – to your door, to the garden, to the outdoor kitchen. Whatever your reason, there are a few things to consider before venturing down the garden path.
Determine the purpose of your path or patio. When landscaping for patios and walkways, materials really do matter. If you need a walkway because you’ve noticed a strip of trampled grass, you need something sturdy. Brick, paving stones or flagstones can withstand traffic and make lovely paths. Concrete is also very durable and can be poured in any shape and then stamped, brushed or dyed to create a unique effect. It has the added advantage of being flat, ideal for outdoor dining. Hiring a professional to install your patio or walkway can ensure it is done properly and will stand the test of time and weather.
If it is a pathway or patio for beauty rather than necessity, options abound and can include materials such as river rock, flagstones or even mosaic tiles, separated by clumps of groundcover, that lead the eye and the foot to beautiful gardens spaces just beyond sight.
Landscaping for patios and walkways can enhance your home’s curb appeal and value, as well as improving your yard’s functionality. More and more homebuyers are looking for beautiful transitions from indoor to outdoor living, and a path can be the perfect step to lead guests from your kitchen to an outdoor dining area.
Whether out of necessity or desire to add personality and style, landscaping for patios and walkways can bring seamless connectivity and creativity to your yard.