It’s all very well watching the gardening programs on television and seeing the incredible layouts that some people have mastered, often over a number of years, but how can you break up your garden so it looks constantly interesting and inviting, as opposed to one slab pathway down the middle of two grass patches?
One of the potential answers is to make your garden walkways, not only useful, but to breakup the different areas of your garden. As more people add greenhouses to grow fruit and vegetables a home, there are even greater reasons to divide your garden into sections, some which may look less inviting than others.
Why build a garden walkway?
If your garden doesn’t have any sort of formal walkway, your grass may have wear and tear as people choose the shortest route to the garden shed, which is usually located at the bottom of the garden. By placing a specific garden walkway you will give your garden a finished appearance and save other areas looking as though you don’t care for them.
To keep people on your walkway and yet off your actual garden growing areas, you can use small fence panels to guide people from one area of your garden to another. Fence panels are particularly useful to show a garden walkway because they are easy to build and within an initial space of time, your dedicated walkway can be complete.
You can use the shorter 3 foot fence panels to allow people the opportunity to admire your garden on both sides of the walkway. Garden fencing can still be used if you want to have an interesting pathway with curves and not straightforward lines.
If, in your mind, you have given yourself the go-ahead to arrange garden fencing to provide a dedicated garden walkway through your garden, you should carefully plan out where you wish to place the walkway, using spray chalk, available from garden centres.
If you make sure that your garden pathway doesn’t go over tree roots, which as they grow, they might bring up your garden pathway in the future, you can make your future maintenance easier rather than more difficult.
You should purchase all of the materials that you’ll need for the entire job before you begin to start work on your garden walkway. There are many variations of small fence panels that can be used that can be extremely attractive and able to guide people through your estate.
Between your lines of fence panels, you can fill the walkway with paving slabs, stones, bricks or concrete, perhaps adding a style and a finish that pleases you.
You will need to use fence posts between your fence panels even when you’re using small fence panels, so your garden fencing maintains stability and an element of security against people leaning on the panels and falling into your gardening areas, possibly damaging your weekend’s dinner vegetables in the process.
You need to treat your small fence panels as you would any garden fencing, so you can prolong their life and prevent rotting of the fence panels which would cause you to need to replace them in the future.
Whatever you do, make sure that your garden walkway is wide enough for you to move garden furniture and garden tools, including lawnmowers and wheelbarrows. Make sure your small fence panels are wide enough apart to cope with anything that takes advantage of your new garden walkway.