There are so many paver path options on the market, it can easily get overwhelming. Choosing the right paver to match your sense of style is important, but there are other factors to be considered as well. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re ready to plan a new paver path for your landscape:
Appearance and Style
The first thing to consider when making plans for a new paver path in your landscape is appearance. How the pavers will look in the overall context of the space is important, because you wouldn’t want a paver path with an aged look in a garden area that is modern. You also wouldn’t want large pavers to overwhelm a compact area where smaller pavers or even gravel or crushed stone would be more appropriate.
Maintenance and Durability
The paver path is not finished when the last paver is placed. Every walkway and path will need maintenance periodically, though the extent and frequency of that maintenance varies depending on the type of paver you use. If you live in a region with prolonged periods of rain or want to place your paver path in a part of your yard that is prone to puddling or standing water, this should factor into your decision making process. The same is true if your region has a long or intense winter season. Extreme climate and weather can impact the durability of your paver path, so it is always a good idea to consider that impact up front instead of dealing with the fallout later. In harsh winter climates, paths made of stamped or poured concrete as well as clay pavers will often experience more cracking, chipping, and breaking than those made of concrete pavers, cobblestone, crushed stone or gravel.
One option that gets points all the way around for appearance, durability, and even environmental responsibility is Envirotile. Envirotile pavers are made right here in the United States from salvaged tires that would have otherwise been part of the 275 million tires destined for the landfill each year. The best part is that they are made in a variety of designs, colors, and patterns to suit most any paver path need.
Plant Your Path
No paver path is complete until it has been accessorized with plants. Plants add color and personality to your pathway, soften harsh lines and keep things warm and inviting. Select pathway plants that are low growing and low maintenance. For visual interest, add ground cover plants that can handle foot traffic like the Stepables line. Dwarf type ornamental grasses make an excellent border and they hold up to lawn maintenance beautifully. You can also line your paver path with your favorite bulbs from daffodils to tulips, lilies to gladiolus – especially if your path has curves. Just be sure to match the sun/shade needs to the plant as you would with any planting bed! Don’t be afraid to give your paver path a punch of color and dimension, always being aware that foot traffic may be a possibility.
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