Instead of an expensive, labor-intensive formal path, save money and time with one of these easy garden paths. These walkway ideas will blend in better and will look like they’ve been in your yard forever.
Informal garden paths and stone walkways
This meandering gravel path reflects the informal and light maintenance of the garden. Mulch and gravel are the cheapest paving materials you can buy for stone walkways, and they make construction easy, too, making them two of our favorite walkway ideas. All you need to do is remove the sod, roll out landscape fabric and spread compost or gravel.
Mulch and gravel paths can be winding, wood chip-covered paths or carefully planned structures, and they range from casual to formal depending on the design and edging material. You can choose from a variety of loose materials including coarse bark, decorative mulch, washed stones and crushed gravel or shells.