There are all types of rock that you can use to make a fun and functional path. You don’t have to stick to just one type of stone. Mix it up. That’s what will give your new walkway a creative look. Think in terms of colors, shapes and sizes. Also, think in terms of types of rock that you might want to use.
1.Varieties Of Stone And Rock
Here are the main varieties you will be able to purchase from your local landscape gardening store:
• River Rock: These come in all kinds of different sizes; from the fat grapefruit river rock to the size of a ping-pong ball. They are smooth and are great to use in areas where you want to keep weeds at a minimum. River rock also provides great drainage. To enhance the walkway with a little support, add some sand to the path before-and-after you lay the stone.
You don’t have to stick to just one type of stone. Mix it up. That’s what will give your new walkway a creative look.
• Pea Gravel: These tiny stones will offer you a heavy-duty little solution. Because of their size, pea gravel drain a wet, problem area very well. They range in colors depending on where they were quarried. To make this type of stone pathway, plan to lay down less than an inch of either dirt or sand before you cover the area with pebbles. After the peas are in position, press them into the first layer. Bigger rocks should be used as a border to keep the small stones in place.
• Flagstone: Flagstones are flat and should be strong. They are nature’s sidewalks. Color-wise, flagstones are mostly dark – gray, blue and red are just some of the common hues. They can be cut into shape or you can lay them out au naturel. Laying-out flagstone can be somewhat like assembling a giant, heavy jigsaw puzzle. Obviously, because of their size, they aren’t too effective when it comes to drainage.
• White marble: When we consider using any kind of marble, we’re talking high-end materials. Since they are costly, you might want to consider these as borders or garden paths and not full-blown walkways. The stone can be super durable.
Now that we have identified the stone, the next step is to draw some pictures. Gather-up a pencil, some crayons or colored markers and a few sheets of paper. The assignment: Work up a few designs. This could be a great family exercise. Finally, get your children and your spouse involved in the drafting project.
The important thing is to join your creativity with the practical. What’s your budget? How long of a path do you want to make? Does the path have a purpose or do you want something that adds a little spark to the yard?
If you’re looking for some inspiration, there are plenty of books at your local Big Box hardware store.
Another way to spark creativity? Grab your digital camera; load the family in the car and drive around, looking to see what your neighbors have done. Borrowing a design could be considered a form of flattery.