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One of the first factors you need to consider with planning out your gardens paths between the borders and the beds. A home can often have many disconcerting factors, like the home not being set squarely in the boundaries of the home, or if the plot lines are straight, but not rectangular these condition require special consideration, but there are usually means that can be developed to allow the garden to come into harmony with these factors.

Garden paths are usually created for utility, but they serve other important purposes as well. Paths are also a good way to link together other elements within the garden. Paths also serve as an invitation to walk the grounds and take in the beauty. Paths are a nice way to experience the garden up close and personal, but it can be very irritating if the space is full of paths destroying the overall picture.

The beginning and the end of the paths are the principle points of the path. Paths should not begin in the middle of nowhere and end at a wall; this gives your path no purpose. The ideal principle path should begin near the place of the home where the one can enter the garden, and continue through the flowers and it should have a purposeful endpoint as well.

A good transition to the garden is a summer house, and if this is not present, an arbor or some other erected feature gives this purpose as well. A path should end at a shed or garage, and not just end somewhere. If all else fails, you may want to consider ending the path at a patio setting.

Any deviations from the main path should be made at right angles. Do not use diagonal paths. These will not work or look good in a small garden. A path serves to allow the gardener to move around freely, without harming the plants. A path will also protect the grass from frequent traffic. Particularly in small garden, a winding path will seem to lengthen the garden.

Other experts, however, claim that a winding path in a small plot only serves to break up the space creating irregularity shaped areas. Trying to plant these areas will be taxing to the gardener in trying to create a pleasing plan. These paths will also take up space that could be used for beautiful plantings.

You must also make the width of your garden comparable to the size of your space. If you have a comparatively small plot, you should have a minimum path comparable with its purpose.  You should not have less than three feet for the width of a principal path under any circumstances. If your garden setting is larger, you can make the width of the path wider, as this looks rather dignified when in proportion to the rest of the grounds.

The material of the path is important as well. Consider the color and the texture, red brick, sand or gravel creates a warm tone for your setting which creates a nice contrast to the grass while harmonizing with your flowers and foliage. Granite, cements, and gravel create a cold and inviting tone, and should not be used unless no other materials are available.

You can use bricks, red gravel, or cement to create paths with a close and hard surface. Sand and pebbles do not bind well, and because it is a loose material, it can be unpleasant to walk upon, as well as create hazards for the lawn mower.