How to Plan Low-Maintenance Care of Paths

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””]If you want to maintain a pathway that doesn’t provide too much hassle, keep these tips in mind.

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””]If you want to maintain a pathway that doesn’t provide too much hassle, keep these tips in mind.

[step-item number=”1.” image_url=”” title=”Build path edges made from bricks,” ] logs, or treated timber (old railway sleepers work well), to prevent garden soil from falling onto a path or to stop pathway gravel from making its way into garden beds.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2.” image_url=”” title=”Before building a pathway,” ] lay a weed mat between the borders of the path to prevent weeds from emerging, then cover it with about two centimeters of gravel. This will save you several weeding sessions a year.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3.” image_url=”” title=”Keep shady paths safe” ]by treating them with an anti-moss solution once a year. If possible, remove overhanging branches and install drains to remove or redirect water so that paths stay as dry as possible.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4.” image_url=”” title=”Dress up the edges of your pathways” ] using clumps of sprawling ground-cover perennials, which are great for breaking up angular lines and providing a flash of color throughout the year.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5.” image_url=”” title=”Choose small perennial or herbaceous plants” ] that flower or look good for a long time without needing any special care, such as liriope, lomandra, or mondo grass. All you have to do is trim them back if they become too invasive.[/step-item]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest