I am a gardener – seven tips for creating an inexpensive garden path on your lawn that will NOT require digging

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A GARDENING expert has revealed his top tips for creating a garden path that won’t break the bank or require deep digging.

A garden path can do more than just create a way to get from point A to point B and can easily and inexpensively give any mundane garden a boost, making it more attractive. .

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An attractive path can enhance the appeal of a gardenCredit: Alamy
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Stepping stones can give a rustic touch to a gardenCredit: Alamy

Lisa Fazzani, writing for Ideal Home, says choosing the right materials is key, especially when budgets are tight.

A simple way to achieve this is to opt for reclaimed materials such as bricks or decking.

Or if you prefer, opt for inexpensive materials like gravel, shingles or wood bark which are readily available at most DIY stores.

AN EASY SPRINGBOARD PATH

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Perhaps the quickest and easiest option is to take a stepping stone path through a lawn.

It provides an easy way to get from A to B and costs less than installing a standard path and you’ll cover more distance with fewer tiles.

This idea won’t require a lot of digging and all it needs is a section of the grass to be cut and some of the dirt underneath to be removed before placing the stones or paving slabs in place.

If the garden is uneven, you can add sand underneath to level things out.

Lisa suggests that the space between each stone be about 20 to 24 inches from the center of one to the center of the next.

Then place the top of the stone about an inch above ground level so you can still run a lawnmower over the grass to keep it clean.

TERRACE BOARDS

Creating a path using wooden deck boards is another simple and inexpensive idea.

Lisa says this is a good option if you want a wider than standard path or if you have an uneven garden area that you want to cover and make more stable.

Before laying the boards, you must first level the area, which means digging into the ground or lawn and raking it to make sure the area is completely flat.

Additionally, you will need to lay down a weed barrier to cover the soil, to prevent any new growth from getting through.

Once the boards are cut to size, place them in position and secure them by drilling two holes at each end and using stainless steel deck bolts to prevent movement.

Fill in any gaps with pebbles or gravel to give it a sleek look and it will also provide extra drainage.

RUSTIC STONES

Rather than using standard concrete slabs, you can achieve a more attractive look by using circular stones which will add more character to a garden.

There is a wide choice available and can look particularly good in smaller gardens as the path will not dominate the look of the lawn.

Lisa suggests tracing the path with a garden hose to see what it will look like.

Then space the stones equally apart.

Use the stones as a template when cutting the sod.

The stones can then be laid on sand for a level base or cemented in place to provide more stability.

EASY-FIT TERRACE SQUARES

Instead of opting for decking boards, opt for wooden decking squares instead, which are readily available at DIY stores.

These are pre-cut to size so no DIY skills are needed to lay them as a garden path.

But you will need a level base for stability.

You can use the squares next to gravel or pebbles to create a floating style path.

A variation of patio squares is to opt for interlocking patio tiles that can be easily interlocked to create your path.

If you want a quick and temporary fix, opt for a pre-assembled patio walkway that rolls out much like a floor mat, which can be a great idea if you’re planning a party or event. It can then be resumed later.

RECOVERED BRICK PATH

Reclaimed bricks can give your driveway a charming rustic, country feel.

If you’re lucky, salvaged bricks can be picked up for free or at low cost from sites like Gumtree or Freecycle.

As they are already patinated and worn, they will have more charm than new bricks.

However, the bricks must be laid on a base of sharp sand or mortar to give them stability.

COMBINATION OF SLABS AND SHINGLES

A great way to cut costs when renovating a garden is to combine paving slabs with gravel or shingles.

Go for the single dot, which is inexpensive when bought in bulk and is great for hard landscaping if you want to cover a larger area but need to keep an eye on cost.

Adding paving slabs to the gravel area can add extra focus and direction, setting the stage for key features or focal point.

The tiles are easier to walk on and provide a less slippery surface when wet.

To make it even more attractive, create scattered planting pockets along the path.

GET INSPIRED BY NATURE

Make sure any path is in harmony with the rest of the garden or outdoor space.

A rough stone pathway can blend naturally into its setting and works well if you have a sloping area or an uneven section of garden.

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The stones can be placed in staggered rows to facilitate the descent from one level to another.

A natural look can be achieved by using stones and rocks of different shapes and sizes.

A garden path can be more than just a way to get from A to B

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