Your backyard is the little escape that allows you to relax and enjoy peaceful moments.
A Backyard Path is a major element in the design of every backyard, and making a beautiful one does not require much, just brilliant ideas you will find below and some good energy and effort of yours.
As a first step, you will obviously need a blueprint (just like any other thing you will build or assemble).
Start with taking the exact measures of the area you are working on and consider them while dimensioning your backyard path.
This is not as complicated as it sounds and it will make the work much easier with a guarantee of a clean and perfect result.
1. Old cinder blocks or bricks pathway
Bricked pathways offer a variety of materials and styles since bricks come in multiple types, colors and sizes. This allows you to pick one that you find appropriate and that suits your backyard design and your home’s architecture.
Most of the bricks come in warm colors that often compliment the color of the walls and match the surroundings. And even if nature does not offer all the colors, they can still be painted in any other color (for example, there are so natural white bricks).
This material is widely used in many spaces such as pool sides, pathways and also patios and that is thanks to their many benefits. They are slip-resistant thanks to their rigid textured surface and abrasive characteristics.
They are easy to install and have a strong ability to withstand different weather conditions and high level of loadings. Also if damaged it can easily be repaired by just replacing the damaged brick with a new one.
If you are looking for a smooth texture for your pathway, bricks will guarantee you a clear, stylish and really beautiful path.
2. Plastic Bottles Caps Backyard Path
Plastic bottle caps are not junk, you can create multiple functions of them and one of them is pathways.
Many artists and designers nowadays use recycling methods in their works.
Plastic recycling is one of the famous ways to create unique designs, even for small projects that anyone can work on. For example, this pathway made of recycled plastic bottle caps.
It is very simple to make, you just need to consider bottle caps as pebbles, and lay them in a layer of mortar to stick them together.
It will give you a colorful result and a very joyful vibe to your backyard.
Get as much creative as you want by using them to create some sort of art by shaping certain geometrical forms to create something unique and splendid.
3. Stone Edged Backyard Path
If you have a basic gravel path and you want to accentuate it and give it more dimension, brick-shaped stones are the way to do it.
Just align them on the path’s sides and watch your pathway turn into a more interesting form.
Because the stones are irregular, it might be a little difficult to set the stones and get them to look right, so just trust your eyes and keep readjusting them until it looks good enough for you.
4. Paver pathway
Pavers are a common way of decorating pathways. They are usually used because they are compact, durable, and low maintenance, they do not require much care.
Besides that, their price is not really that high as it costs 50 cents per brick but if you are going to buy bricks with unusual sizes or different colors the price might go a little bit higher.
Pavers are mostly rectangular but it is pretty easy to cut them, which allows you to make multiple designs depending on your taste. The bricks forms and the way they can be placed can create countless patterns.
5. Wooden step pathway
This is one of the easiest ways to decorate a gravel pathway and accentuate it, and also give it more feelings. It is a perfect addition especially to uneven land and gives an amazing rustic feeling.
All you need is to add wooden planks along with it. This way, you backyard path is more visible and people will make sure to stay on it.
6. Pebble mosaic pathway
What is a pebble mosaic? It is nothing more than pebbles set in mortar after being arranged in a specific pattern. They always look like works of art because every stone has a unique size, shape, and color.
The process of laying the mosaic is very fun but requires a lot of patience and time, and imagination above all. Although not so many people choose this option as the pebbles can be very slippery during winter time when it is raining and it is hard for ladies wearing high heels to walk on them.
Apart from that, they are super environment-friendly and you can be very creative in shaping different geometric forms to create stunning art with them.
7. Flagstone pathway
Flagstone pathways are one of the easiest and the fastest way to make a casual and comfortable backyard path. It does not require any special skills, so this one is for every beginner wanting to put the effort into decorating his backyard.
Flagstone pathways are also very affordable because the stones are often large and therefore cover long distances.
You do not even have to dig, the only difficulty you might face is the weight of the stones; a wheelbarrow can come in handy.
You just have to lay large stones over grass. mortar is not necessary since the weight of the stone already keep them steady.
Keep in mind that the stones you are going to use should suit your home’s architectural style.
For example, if your home is a contemporary one, use geometric shaped stones, with clean and sharp lines.
However, if your home has a country vibe, irregular stones with their rustic and rough look are perfect. Do not worry about levelling them up with one another; nature’s harmony did already the work.
8. Pallet pathway
Pallet wood is very available and people tend to get rid of it, not knowing that its rustic aspect creates an amazing contrast with a green environment. It is very cheap and won’t cost a lot of money to install and you can do it just by yourself.
Whether you are going to use it for a pallet planter or a pallet pathway, the result is very simple and pretty.
All you have to do is to align multiple boards on the ground. To make sure the boards stay in place, they should be embedded in the soil.
Also, a treatment from time to time is advised, so that your backyard path last longer.
9. Wood slice pathway
You can also use wood slices (maybe some extra firewood) and have this earthy and wonderful result.
Once again, all you need is to lay your slices out on the ground. However, if the slices are not thick enough, a bed of mortar is required to fix them on the ground and link them together.
10. Granite pathway
If you have leftover granite from a remodel, this is the best way it does not go to waste.
If you do not, you can also buy leftover granite, which is very cheap
One detail you should pay attention to is that the granite pieces should all have a place to fit in especially on the pathway’s borders. This is a bit difficult, considering you are using recycled granite, but it is doable and the result is worth it.
11. Concrete with brick edging
If things start getting confusing with you, concrete might be the option that you are looking for.
It is one of the most used materials in building pathways and that is because of its long durability and strength to different weather conditions whether during wintertime or summertime.
Most people do not opt for concrete because it looks very tasteless and boring, but you can enhance the entire look by adding bricks to the sides of the concrete.
This will add a little bit more color and create a more splendid geometric form to it.
To Sum Up
We live in a time where environment-friendly projects are getting more and more known and valued because of their benefits for the natural environment.
This has become a trend that we can see in so many aspects of our lives and creating pathways is also one of them.
After we have seen all the different options, you can decide to choose which one works best for you. Whether you are a DIY lover or just a normal person who wants to create something for your home backyard, these different backyard path ideas will work very well for you. They are cheap, easy to install, and will make you have fun doing it.
There are still many other options that you can choose from but we have picked the best for you.