Benefits of Using Natural Stone Pavers for Garden Pathways

A garden pathway provides easy access to areas such as sheds or garages. They also create inviting trails for you to wander along and enjoy the landscape. No matter what the purpose of your path, you'll have a variety of materials to choose from. Here are some advantages of installing natural stone pavers.

1. Design Options

Natural stone flooring pavers offer a vast array of design options. You can lay slate, travertine or granite, for instance, which display a range of hues such as blue, grey, pink, peach, white and black. Typically a predominant colour will feature streaks and flecks of several others. Square, rectangle or hexagon are among the possible shapes, which you can lay in various patterns. Herringbone designs create a sense of movement and space while running bond provides a classic look. To finish the pathway, a border edge in a contrasting pattern will add further interest. 

2. More Structural Flexibility

Pavers often fit together when sitting on a bed of crushed gravel, sand or soil. Because in such cases they don't sit within solid cement, if you want to shift the path in the future, you can remove the pavers and re-lay them within the new structure. Thus you can remodel your garden for better practical use or else merely for a refreshing change — without filling up a landfill with old building materials. You'll have easier access to plumbing or wiring in the ground underneath also with movable natural stone pavers.

3. Can Combine with Other Elements

Pavers might interlock and abut each other to form various designs and looks, but you can also incorporate other materials in-between, which provides further possibilities. For instance, create a stepping stone path with square granite pavers set at intervals amongst a sea of colourful river pebbles. Alternatively, to integrate and merge the trail with the surrounding garden, place the pavers more closely, but with gaps in between, within which you can plant grass or moss. Tufts of green sprouting amidst the flooring evokes a charming, rustic feel. Test various options by planting them in small sections to check how they grow in the available sunlight before incorporating on a large scale.

1. Easy to Repair

With natural stone pavers, you can remove and replace selected damaged or weathered ones to spruce up the exterior rather than replacing entire areas. In any case, because the individual pieces have room to move and they expand due to changing weather conditions, the surface is less likely to crack than solid coverings. If the underneath base material needs adjustment (because everything is mobile and moveable), the pathway will be relatively easy to repair.