Colorado Springs Walkways
Adding walkways to your yard or garden is a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal and direct guests towards your front door, patio or other point of interest. The first thing to consider when planning your walkway is the type of walkway that you want to install. Will your walkway be curved or straight? After this, you will need to decide what type of materials your walkway be comprised of. Do you want a stone walkway, a brick walkway, a concrete walkway or a gravel walkway?
With the experience of a knowledgeable landscaper, your imagination and some hard and focused work, your new walkway will not only be functional, but it will also add character and curb appeal to your home.
Instead of a boring walkway, why not turn your new walkway into a work of art?
Prepare and Research Your Walkway
When you first begin planning for your walkway, you want to take into account the design of your home and your landscape. When deciding on walkway materials think of how they will work with your landscape. Your landscape should feel like it is a part of your property rather than an afterthought. Visit a home improvement store and take a look at the different materials available to help you decide what will work bet.
Another way to help decide on the best walkway materials is to peruse home and gardening and DIY magazines and websites.
Laying Out Your Walkway
When you are designing your walkway path, you will need to determine where you walkway will begin and where it will end. You will also want to decide if you want a curved or straight path. Do you want your walkway to meander through your garden so your visitors can enjoy your gorgeous plants; however, keep your walkway away from trees as their roots can eventually damage your walkway? Once you have determined your walkway’s location, it is time to begin laying out your walkway.
If you are going to be installing a straight walkway, stand at one end of the path. Drive a stake into the ground and tie a string to it. Then, walk down your intended path and place a stake at the other end and tie a stake. Now, step back and look at your proposed walkway. Does it look the way you want it to? If so, walk back to the beginning of your path and drive a stake on the other side of the border and walk the line again. These strings will act as a guide while you are installing your walkway.
On a straight walkway, you can add an outline of bricks, pavers or stones to add interest to your walkway. Then, you can plant a low growing ground cover near the edges of your walkway to soften the edges and make your path more visually appealing. If you want a formal look, opt for brick pavers and tightly compacted plants. For a more whimsical look, use stones and wildflowers.
When choosing materials for walkways, use materials that are smooth to prevent falls. Examples of materials that can be used are concrete, tile, pavers and bricks. If you will be installing a secondary path to a shed or gazebo, you can use loose materials such as shredded bark, gravel or rock slabs.
If you will be installing a curved walkway, use a garden hose to lay out your walkway. Begin at one end and lay the garden hose out curving the walkway as you go. Once you have reached the other end of the walkway, step back and take a look at your path. If there are any corrections, make them now. Then, grab another hose and repeat the process, matching the curves you established. Keep the width through the length of your path consistent.
The color of your walkway is another way to help connect your walkway to your home. Choose a color that complements the color of your home and your landscape. Pavers and walkway materials are available in a variety of shades and colors.
Before you begin installing your walkway, walk along it to ensure that it is satisfactory. If there are any adjustments to be made, adjust them now. When you are happy with your layout, grab a can of spray paint and mark the walkway.
Walkways are a wonderful way to add interest and functionality to your landscape. Straight walkways are more formal looking while curved walkways are less formal.
Give us a call today and let us show you different styles of walkways we can build for you!