Creating a garden path is mostly common sense. But it does require a lot of elbow grease and some skill. There are a few different types of material that can be used but it is up to you to decide what suits your need. Here are some path ideas that can be done on a budget.
Consider a gravel path (pea gravel / #8 washed gravel) for a low budget and time project. You can then edge the pathway with round boulders. Mulch is another inexpensive option for paths. Wood chips & playground mulch can both be used as a decorative covering for paths and walkways.
The path should be generous enough in width to accommodate more than one traveler side by side. The minimum recommended width for a two person walkway is 42 inches. This is especially important for paths that will be used frequently. Some people like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.
“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?”
― Garth Nix, Sabriel
Tips for building pathways
• Spray or remove any vegetation that is growing in the pathway
• Remove or fill over any rocks or roots that will create an uneven walking surface
• Cover the soil with landscape fabric to deter weeds and prevent the fill material from mixing with the soil. Don’t use plastic. It will catch water and create a soggy path.
• Have gravel delivered, especially if you need more than a ton.
• If you want a path that’s firm enough to roll a wheelbarrow on, use crushed limestone and tamp it after leveling it. (Pea rock or other rounded stone won’t compact.) Use a hand tamper for short paths. Rent a vibrating-plate tamper for long paths.