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Home arrow The Daily Dirt arrow Friday Five: Paving Materials for the Garden
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Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Friday, 02 September 2016
Brick garden path
The character of your garden often determines which paving materials to use whether itís for a walkway, informal garden path, patio, or formal terrace.

 Brick garden path

The character of your garden often determines which paving materials to use whether itís for a walkway, informal garden path, patio, or formal terrace. There are generally five factors to consider when choosing paving materials including appearance, durability, availability, maintenance, and, of course cost.

1. Brick
Bricks, whether new or salvaged, are a common paving material for gardens. Typically laid out in patterns such as herringbone or basket weave, they are well suited to formal, colonial, and cottage gardens. Avoid setting bricks on a bed of concrete. Use sand.

2. Pea Gravel
Pea gravel is an underused paving material that in the right circumstances is the perfect choice for a garden, particularly for informal settings, historic gardens or Japanese gardens. The 3/8-inch diameter round gravel ranges in color from white to gray to black. Use an edging material to keep it in place.

3. Stone Pavers
Stone pavers are typically used for terraces and patios, or as stepping stones because they are larger in size--typically 12 inches square and up. Examples of stone pavers include bluestone, flagstone, and ordinary stepping stones. Keep in mind that the larger the size, the thicker the stone should be cut to prevent cracking.

4. Concrete
Concrete is probably the least expensive paving material, but thanks to innovative techniques concrete can be made to look remarkably like stone. It can be dyed and textured as well. An innovative form of concrete that has been around a few years is pervious concrete.

5. Cobblestones
Cobblestones are one of the oldest paving materials around. They wear extremely well and are often used where a rustic appearance is desired. Sizes include 4 x 4 x 4 inch cubes or 4 x 4 x 8 inch rectangles with a split or sawn finish, making them a non-skid surface. Cobblestones are expensive unless you can swing a deal on some salvaged ones.

 
 
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