It is better to experience a garden from within.
I use these paths as places to sit and work in the various areas.
I also pull hoses through on the pathways,
so I stick decorative objects in the ground along the sides to guide the hoses.
It’s so much easier to access a garden for picking, taking cuttings and cleaning
when there is a cleared out open space through it.
My yard is also hilly, so I have made paths that run horizontally
through the middle of the terraces,
so that I can work on the different elevations without climbing up and down.
These paths must be weeded and re-mulched periodically.
I have found that they require less maintenance if there is a
foundation that separates the soil from the seeds that blow in.
I use either layers of newspaper or cardboard.
To refurbish a path, I remove the stepping stones
You may find little friends live under these, so be careful.
I rake the old layer of mulch to the sides of the path.
I then rake the soil of the walkway as flat as possible.
I lay down a base made of 8 to 10 layers of newspaper or cardboard.
Sometimes I use large nails to hold the cardboard in place.
Paint these nails bright colors, so they can be found years later when redoing the path
I water this down and stomp down the cardboard to make it mesh with the soil.
I then add a thick layer of new mulch and replace the stones.
I water all this down again to help it settle.
A pathway is like a long, solid Welcome Mat to invite folks into your garden.
It also keeps those less in-tuned to gardening from stepping all over your precious plants.
I will be doing a post on how to make stepping stones in September.
Follow the FLOWER’s pathways.