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December 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm #256184
Being the indecisive person that I am :blush: I have decided yet again to change my back yard around….. I but I can’t decide on what to use as my garden paths and would love to hear about what other people use and any ups & downs with the various materials 🙂December 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm #515604AndreKeymaster
Hi there LindyLou :wave:
Obviously, anything that was living, will eventually breakdown, and you will need to replace it (eg: woodchip, sawdust etc)
or you can consider gravel, brick/pavers ..
I guess it depends on your budget, and how close you are to the particular product you choose.
:whistle:December 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm #515605HummerKeymaster
Hi LyndyLou :wave:
I made my garden paths by placing down thick newspapers and then covering this with a thick layer of mulch that I have raked up from under the trees.. mainly gum leaves & small sticks & dirt etc.. It looks great, it is functional & extremely cost effective :tup:December 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm #515606porgeyMember
I have local crushed granite on the driveway & around the veg garden and grass everywhere else. Lawn underfoot is so much nicer than anything else and I have actually made a grass path for a friend and it was a great success.December 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm #515607mistyhollowsMember
We have grass paths here. Much easier on the eye but in saying that our front path got washed away the other week in a huge downpour and DH has started paving it. Grass is a lot cheaper too and you don’t have to pull the weeds out of it 😉December 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm #515608
Thank you guys, this is great :tup:
I started off with grass but I have couch and it gets into everything!!! I got one of those whipper snipper thingos (:evil:) to try and keep it under control but our relationship isn’t a good one and I tend to loose whenever we battle ….
More recently I put down woodchips but am rethinking this due to the local termite population (and I’m rather fond of my timber house). The chooks have also discovered that the paths are great for finding insects…..wow those girls sure can make a mess in a VERY short time. As much as I like to let them free range I am thinking its time to 1. increase the size of their run and 2. lock em in it!!December 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm #515609just tryingMember
Like you I used to be indecisive now I’m not so sure.
I like saw dust if you can get a supply of it. It’s soft underfoot, any weeds are easily pulled and it doesn’t matter too much if it gets walk onto other areas as it can be swept away.December 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm #515610ThisildoParticipant
just trying post=331785 wrote: HI LyndyLou.
Like you I used to be indecisive now I’m not so sure.
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:December 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm #515611calliecatParticipant
well I will once again,no doubt end up in a timber house, so I have totally changed my mind on chip bark – thanks LOL
am so paranoid about termites, it worries me when people plant right up against the house 🙁
but……….. I myself am wondering now what to use
when people say grass, do they mean proper actuall turf that you buy, as opposed to the grass already growing ???December 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm #515612bluesnipMember
Which paths depend on the look you are going for (formal, relaxed, natural, regimented) its intended use (pram or wheelchair friendly, wheelbarrow, foot traffic, children only secret walk, ok with mud clotted gum boots coming back from the piggery, ok for slippers for a dash to the kitchen garden) and of course budget and what materials are available.
I’ve seen a nice gravel path turn feral because it had a lot of muddy foot traffic.
I’ve seen a very groovy path made from old carpet! Sure it will eventually disintegrate but it doesn’t need weeding and the chooks can’t spread it around.
I have gravel and its a pain – the chooks spread that too, and weeds come up all through it – and yes, there is weed mat! Soil builds up and when there is enough to support seed, weeds will grow. I am always using the last little bit of boiling water in the kettle to kill the odd weed amongst the gravel.
In my previous place I got a load of mulch from council (cheap!) after they chipped some eucs, and it is perfect – and smells lovely too – it never needed weeding for the two years I was there (I did put it on uber thick though, maybe five inches before it packed itself down in the rain).
There are a few other options here at landscaping places, so sorry I have forgotten the name of it but you pour it in place like gravelly stuff but then when you wet it it sets hard so no weeds can grow through it.December 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm #515613
Lol Thisildo…..my tendency to change my mind used to frustrate even me but I’m getting used to it, I’ve learnt not to 1. Spend too much money on an idea and 2. Make sure its not too hard to dismantle…. I’d like to think I’d grow out of it but since I haven’t so far I’m thinking its not likely 😉
Bluesnip – than you for the feedback on gravel. I guess I’ve kinda thought of gravel as the ‘ideal…..not sure where I got that from! But I do get a lot of fallen leaves from the neighbours gum trees so it probably wouldn’t b long before the weeds could take hold in the composting leaves. Someone at work mentioned today that they have heaps of left over bricks……maybe a brick path (not concreted of course 😉 )December 5, 2011 at 12:05 am #515614AndreKeymaster
I reckon bluesnip nailed it with the euc woodchip – very few plants/weeds like the oils leeching out of it. 🙂December 5, 2011 at 2:15 am #515615bluesnipMember
And did I mention it was cheeeeeeap! 😆
Just ask any of the tree feller people in your area, they might do a load for you from their mulcher. I’m bias though, I love the look of the euc mulch paths meandering through the native garden, and I hate weeding. So its an ideal path for me.December 5, 2011 at 9:18 am #515616gartenfeeMember
what about sawdust?it`s readely available for pickup from sawmills.
good thing about is, it can be allways added and changed with out extra cost`s.
good luckDecember 5, 2011 at 11:29 am #515617JinjaMember
I thought I’d try putting in a photo of a path we put in about 2 years ago (hope it works)…it’s gravel and I’d never do it if I might decide I don’t like it again as it’d be a right pain to move. We put black plastic (double thickness) under it and used a big gravel but it’s rarely used so that’s ok for us, friends just go round the back…if you had people with heels visit, it’s a little squishy :dry: …we also have black mulch on the side near the house now (jungle or whatever they call it) and as you see the bark on the other…so now I have to pick the various bits out of each other every now and again to keep it neat :pinch: …no weeds yet however…the bark mulch travels a little with the wind and the odd roo visiting.
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