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Choosing A Hardscape Walkway: 3 Popular Materials Explained

The landscaping business in this country is massive, generating around $73 billion every year. From flower beds to types of mulch, the choices that go into luxury landscape design are limitless and nearly overwhelming in their variety. Each decision only leads to more decisions: for example, if you’ve settled on outdoor firepits rather than koi ponds, you need to start thinking about the shape — once that’s determined, you must consider the type of stone involved. Before you know it, you’ve tumbled down a landscape rabbit hole full of possibilities!

We’re here to make that hole just a little bit smaller; you’ve already decided you’d like hardscape walkways to wind through your yard, so here are three of the most popular options for hardscape materials.

  • Concrete: Though the sturdy material can be unsightly in practical applications (such as floors or walls), the detailed placement of concrete blocks can actually look quite beautiful when done correctly. Additionally, they maintain that sturdiness even when surrounded by dirt, so concrete hardscape walkways are ideal for heavily trafficked areas.
  • Natural Stone: If your walkways pass through lovingly-tended and blossoming gardens, natural stone paths will add to the natural aesthetic. Though they are one of the most expensive options, their effortless beauty looks perfect in a variety of themed gardens: rustic, casual, and formal. Choose from granite, marble, limestone, slate, or travertine to find the perfect match for your backyard. And don’t forget: with high-quality materials comes a high-quality look that often pays for itself in experience over time.
  • Brick: Brick pathways are ideal for a traditional look. Whether you prefer the professionalism of herringbone or the classic, straight-laid patterns, brick walkways are sure to create a space that is timeless in its design. Best of all, brick is durable, strong, and easy to clean! A perfect fit for most uses, brick hardscapes are as gorgeous as they are long-lasting.

Though you’ve still got a ways to go in terms of hardscape designs (will this be a meandering path or created with an end to the journey?), hopefully, this information has aided in the construction of your hardscape walkways!