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Paths of stone slabs sunk in the soil

As well as taking into account the floral enrichment of the green area, the corners dedicated to relaxation and the intended uses of the various areas of the garden, you must carefully choose the areas dedicated to the passage. The garden paths, together with the other elements, are of primary importance because they are a means not only of communication, but also of decoration of the grassy landscape that we have available. Unless you have experience in the sector, you need careful help before choosing the suitable materials for the construction of the garden paths because we must take into account the cutting of the grass especially if stone slabs are inserted directly into the ground. A competent person will be able to advise through their experience how to act.

In the case mentioned, you should know that when you go to cut the grass with the use of a mechanical lawnmower, you will have to stop where the stone slabs have been placed and continue using long gardening scissors.

If you intend to place these slabs, despite this drawback, you must do it by laying a bed of mortar and placing the slabs about 60 centimeters away from each other in order to obtain the equivalence of a step. The row can be single or double, according to taste. The laying of these slabs is quite simple and the variety of materials with multiple colors offer the buyer a wide range of choices. There are countless colors and materials more or less resistant and decorative.

Very beautiful is the gneiss that with exposure to atmospheric agents, becomes further decorative and fascinating. This type of path almost necessarily requires the outline of low hedges but it is not a fixed rule. It can be adorned with plants with hanging flowers which, when they bloom, give brightness and splendor to the environment but have the drawback of remaining bare in winter and the avenue remains off until the next flowering. The evergreen hedge instead, does not give this type of problem and the avenue remains always rich even if it gives the impression of being cold and impersonal. It should be borne in mind that only colored flowers give the feeling of joy and fullness. It is advisable if you want to delimit the path with flowering plants, to ask a trusted nurseryman who can advise on the choice of perennial flowering plants.


Gravel paths and bark mulches

Another very classic path is the one formed by gravel. This can be delimited by tuff bricks and is a cover with convenient costs and low price but it is not practical enough. However, it can be used if the entrance to which it leads is not primary but secondary. The reason is very simple, it makes it difficult in fact to pass prams, strollers or wheelchairs for the disabled. It is also quite expensive for maintenance costs. The gravel in fact, from time to time must be replaced and reintegrated because dips can easily form, especially if not evenly distributed. However, the decorative effect of this type of path is very beautiful, but it is better to think more about practicality than beauty, especially if the path has to be traveled several times a day. The same thing applies to the paths in bark mulch which, while giving the garden a truly wonderful scenic effect, need constant reintegration of material and continuous maintenance because over time the bark disintegrates. Even this type of walking surface can be used as a secondary path and this avenue can also be bordered by bricks or by flowering plants or ever green hedges. However, it is good to keep in mind that the use of bark mulch is often used to avoid the growth of weeds in the flower beds and therefore would be of considerable use for plants that would eventually be planted to better define the avenue.

Very functional but also much more expensive, are the paths in granite or tuff that give a truly pleasant effect and are versatile and easily washable. Very light, these bricks give the surrounding landscape a sense of order and cleanliness and are certainly worth what they cost. Recently, however, similar bricks from plastic recycling are on sale. The effect is beautiful all the same, they cost much less than the others and are also robust and resistant.

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