There are many different surfaces of garden walkways, and the surface materials that might be used to create a garden walkway are extremely numerous. The best surface for a garden walkway depends on how you use the walkway, the amount of traffic on the walkway, whether you want a porous or non-porous surface, design considerations such as informal vs. formal and the expense of the material and installation. Bricks and pavers are among the choices for a garden walkway with a more formal atmosphere and a long-lasting, low-maintenance surface. They make a sturdy path that doesn’t erode, and they are effective in areas where foot traffic is high and garden vehicles or power equipment need firm support. Bricks and pavers are more expensive and harder to install than some other surface materials. With study and hard work, however, you can install them yourself. You may wish to match the bricks for a path to a nearby wall or your house.
Best for an informal, a mulch surface such as shredded bark or bark chips can blend the garden walkway and provide a natural ambiance. A mulched path is best for a vegetable garden. The mulch helps conserve moisture, offers weed control and gives firmer footing than a plain soil path provides. Organic mulches such as straw or grass clippings can be turned under at the end of the growing season to help increase soil’s organic matter.