several years ago when we were building our backyard garden, my husband and i debated on what material to use for the garden pathways. i really like the look of pea gravel. and, even more, i like the sound of walking on the small stones while gardening. i have toured many gardens, especially in the colonial areas of Virginia, where this type of pathway construction is used.
i still think about those gravel pathways, even five years later after deciding to go with shredded hardwood mulch for our garden pathways. it has been an economical decision, and a very easy way to maintain the pathways.
in fact, we only add additional mulch to the pathways every other year. i like the soft feel under my feet. when the paths are freshly mulched, as they were about one week ago, my feet felt like they were walking on sponges.
weeds are controlled nicely and the look is very pretty as well. so, after writing all of this, i still would like to have pea gravel pathways. i am not sure why? perhaps i equate those pathways with true English gardens, formal gardens, and truly professional gardens.
and, i long to be aligned with all of the above. what do you think about garden pathways?