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Garden Paths

Landscape gardening may follow along very formal lines or along informal lines. The first would have straight paths, straight rows in stiff beds, everything, as the name tells, perfectly formal. The other method is, of course, the exact opposite.

The formal arrangement is likely to look too stiff; the informal, too fussy, too wiggly. As far as paths go, keep this in mind, that a path should always lead to somewhere and to direct one to a definite place. Now, straight, even paths are not unpleasing if the effect is to be that of a formal garden. To avoid an abrupt curve and a whirligig effect in a curved path, t is far better to stick to straight paths unless you can make a really beautiful curve.

Garden paths may be of gravel, of stepping stones, of dirt, or of grass. One sees grass paths in some very lovely gardens. They may not work well in small gardens with limited garden areas that they are re-spaded each season. Of course, a gravel path makes a fine appearance, but again you may not have gravel at your command. Stepping stones, plain or decorated with a picture, suite your garden as well. To place stepping stones, dig out the path for two feet, then put in six inches of stone or clinker. Over this, pack in the dirt, rounding it slightly toward the center of the path. They form convenient places for water to stand. The under layer of stone makes a natural drainage system.

Gardening is limited only by your imagination. There’re so many things you can do with the garden. Besides garden paths, trees and flower beds, wind chimes brings relaxation and joy to your garden as well. In a nice summer morning, listening to your wind chimes while you garden. To hang wind chimes from the top of your porch, you can use a simple C shaped hook or any type hook that screws into the ceiling.

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