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Make a Wood Path that weaves through your garden

When designing or laying out a garden, you want to incorporate as many interesting features as possible. This wood garden path is simple enough to make and definitely adds an interesting element.


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Every garden should have at least a couple of elements that surprise you and make you want to stop along the way. This can be achieved  by adding a water feature underneath an overhanging tree or shrub, a wind spinner or wind chime that catches your attention, or even something as simple as a wooden path that takes you on a journey.

Adding something out of the ordinary or unexpected is just one of the ways to turn a plain garden into an area that you love to take in and enjoy.



Find instructions at the bottom of this page for making your own basic, wooden garden path that can be assembled and installed in a day.

After laying the wooden path, you can then decide whether to fill  the gaps with low-growing grasses or groundcover, or to fill up the spaces with gravel or stone.

Reclaimed wood railway sleepers are not as easy to come by as they used to be but it is still possible to find these at salvage yards or online. Most of the sleepers used were made of Rhodesian Teak and these will last a lifetime, even when used to put down an interesting path through the garden.

Another source of reclaimed timber that is just the thing for putting down an interesting garden path, is to use old fence timbers. These won't cost anywhere near that of the cost of using reclaimed flooring  planks.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you are laying wood planks on a slope, be sure to peg or stake them into the ground, or bed them in mortar or concrete, to make sure they remain stable and safe.





The design of your wooden pathway is a matter of personal preference. Some gardeners prefer curved lines that flow through the garden and offer soft edges that calm and relax the senses.

If you prefer straight edges in your garden, with garden beds edged with military precision and everything squared off, you can easily add a strip along the edge of a wooden path to keep the lines perfectly straight.

Use a simple wood plank path to take you from one area of a garden to another. This is an easy way to add further interest to a garden and incorporate a few unexpected features that make your garden interesting.

If you like the idea of incorporating wood into your garden but don't need any wooden paths, there are so many other ways to incorporate wood. Think about framing steps with wood and filling these with concrete or gravel, or a combination of both.




1. Buy some lengths of 19 x 69 or 94mm pine planks and cut these (or have them cut at Builders) to the desired width for your wood path. Apply exterior sealer or deck dressing to the planks to give them protection from the elements.

2. Use a heavy-duty stapler to attach a nylon strap or webbing along the back of the pine planks to join them all together.

3. Repeat to add the strap to the other side of the planks.



4. Trim away any excess strapping or webbing.

5. Roll up the planks and put them aside...

...while you prepare the ground for laying the wood path.

6. Now you can unroll the planks and enjoy your new wood path.


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