WALKWAYS / ENTRANCEWAYS
Not only do walkways guide people throughout your yard, they can also be used to create a mood or atmosphere. You’ll want to start by determining if you are trying to create a formal or informal feeling. Then you’ll need to make a number of important decisions regarding shape, dimensions and materials, which can range from simple gravel to decorative stamped concrete. Other factors to consider include your budget, the desired traffic flow, the amount of foot traffic your walkway will receive, and safety.
When landscaping a yard, walkways often get overlooked. We concern ourselves with pools, patios, and plant selections, but then we neglect to consider how to connect the different spaces in our yard. By ignoring paths, a garden can become disjointed because of the lack of thought put into the transitions and connections.
In this section, you’ll find tips from landscaping professionals on:
- The differences between formal garden paths (characterized by straight lines and right angles) and informal pathways (typically curved and meandering), along with advice on where each style works best.
- Recommended walkway widths for different traffic flow patterns and frequency of use.
- Selecting materials for a front yard walkway, considering such factors as curb appeal, your home’s exterior architecture, and safety.
- Determining the best placement for backyard walkways to create destination zones and a natural traffic flow from one area to another.
- Using a combination of walkways, patios and planting beds as an alternative to a backyard lawn.