Garden Paths: Guide to Low Maintenance Walkways

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Are you dreaming of a gorgeous garden with winding paths but dread the upkeep? The garden can be a hotbed of humus and compost that allows the growth of weeds. This can make maintenance a chore. Well, guess what? You can have those dreamy walkways without turning every weekend into a garden maintenance marathon. 

The kind of walkway you choose can greatly determine the vibe your garden gives off. It could be gravel, the classic greenery of mulch, or you can opt for a perfect garden path choice, such as these railway sleepers in the UK. This article will introduce you to low-maintenance walkway options that will have you sauntering through your garden with glee.


Feeling a bit Zen? A gravel path brings a sense of stillness to your garden. They are stylish, versatile, and low-maintenance. Gravel comes in many sizes and colors, so it’s relatively easy to customize a look that fits your garden’s vibe. 

  • Easy to Install: Just lay down some landscape fabric to prevent weeds. Pour the gravel on top and your pathway is ready!
  • Drains Well: There are no puddles here, folks. Gravel allows water to seep through, keeping your path dry and tidy.
  • Affordable: Gravel is budget-friendly and easy to refresh with a quick rake.

Pro tip: Choose pea gravel for a smoother surface or larger stones for a rustic feel.


This garden pathway option offers ‘mulch’ more than you think. Mulch is a classic for a reason. It creates a charming and natural path that suppresses weeds and retains moisture. It also has the advantage of blending seamlessly into the garden look. 

  • Soft and Gentle: If you like to walk barefoot in your garden, you’ll be delighted to know that mulch is perfect for bare feet and paws (for your four-legged friends).
  • Eco-Friendly: Organic mulch is eco-friendly. It breaks down over time and further adds to enriching your soil.
  • Easy to Lay: Mulches are easy to lay. Spread them out over landscape fabric or directly on the ground. Remember to top them up every few years to keep them looking spiffy.

Pro tip: Use bark mulch for a more rugged look. You can use shredded leaves for a super eco-friendly option.


Pavers offer a polished and structured look that can elevate any garden space. They come in various materials, including concrete, brick, and natural stone.

  • Durable: Pavers can withstand heavy foot traffic and all kinds of weather.
  • Weed Resistant: With a good base and tight seams, weeds won’t stand a chance on pavers.
  • Design Flexibility: You can use pavers to create intricate patterns.


Pro tip: Fill gaps between pavers with sand or gravel for extra stability and a finished look.

Stepping Stones

Who hasn’t dreamed of a garden path straight out of a storybook? Stepping stones can be home-made with concrete molds or purchased at garden centers. You can lay them in whatever pattern catches your fancy.


  • Customizable: You can place them wherever you want and adjust the spacing to suit your stride.
  • Minimal Upkeep: Just a little edging will keep grass and weeds from creeping in.
  • Fun and Creative: Mixing and matching shapes and materials for a path allows you to create a path that’s uniquely yours.

Pro tip: Nestle stones into ground cover plants for a magical effect.

Wrapping Up

The less complicated the design of the garden walkway, the less maintenance it will need. Straight paths or gentle curves are often the easiest to manage. Low-growing groundcover can create a living pathway bursting with color and fragrance. Just be sure to choose plants that can tolerate foot traffic.


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