Pathway designs make the yard feel bigger than it is.
Pathway design indicates where to the most significant destination points on the landscape are located. Paths are also entertaining in their own respect. Many outdoor events would not be nearly as fun without a walk down lighted pathways that wind through each zone of interest in the yard.
Pathway designs play a major role in establishing landscape aesthetics.
Pathway designs are more about feeling than anything else. It all starts, and in many ways ends, with the way you feel when you walk down a path in a remote area, taking in the world around you from every vantage point. A path, by nature, is narrow, and seems remote in comparison to larger, more familiar walkways.
Pathway designs that are heavily used are normally built from heavier materials like bricks, small pavers, or loosely connected stepping stones. Although narrow, their solid build identifies them as important transit areas. Paths have an uncanny ability to announce to travelers where important things are located and when it is necessary to stop to take a closer look.
Pathway designs are used to support lawn alternatives in places where grass will not grow. Shade gardens, rock gardens, and moss gardens typically have one or more concrete aggregate or gravel paths running through their interior.
Pathway design involves creating very basic transit areas that wind through gardens, under trees, run alongside retaining walls, and wander through the far reaches of the back yard. Everything from mulch to pine needles, to wood chips to gravel can be used to build these paths.