Affordable Garden Path Ideas gravel garden paths pros cons
Gravel is one of the cheapest ways to create a permanent path with good drainage. Gravel paths are a stylish, versatile, and extremely durable option for your garden. When properly installed, only minimal maintenance is required. Along with some obvious advantages, they also have some disadvantages. Let's look at both of them to make a right decision.
Gravel roads are easy to install. If you are installing a gravel path, just dig the ground up, spread the gravel, and that's it: gravel fills deep spots. Gravel is affordable: you don't have to spend money on additional materials like sand and expensive stone, tile or brick, and it doesn't cost much. You can cut costs even further by adding a base layer of three inches of crushed stone and a few inches of more expensive gravel over the base. Drainage is another benefit of gravel: water flows through easily, the only exception being heavy clay soil. Gravel materials can also be made from recycled materials for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative.
Patio furniture doesn't sit well on gravel surfaces because gravel doesn't create a solid base. The legs of tables and chairs can slide into the gravel, making the table top or chair uneven. Gravel is not at all comfortable on bare feet, even if you use more comfortable, rounded gravel like pea gravel. While the simple solution would be to just wear shoes, the gravel can hurt your feet from common summer shoes like flip flops. Gravel is an inexpensive patio option, but it also looks inexpensive when compared to more finished options like granite paving stones. The small stones can develop a film of algae, especially in areas with heavy rainfall. It is impossible to keep debris such as lawn debris, leaves, acorns, and twigs out of the gravel. The main problem with gravel is that weeds easily grow through unless you place a good weed membrane underneath.