Pavestone is a budget-friendly material that is useful for building pathways and adjoining patios. These hard-surface landscape materials come in many shapes, colors and sizes. Installation is relatively easy, and the average homeowner can save a tidy sum by building her own pavestone pathway to complement the landscape.
Stepping Stone Lawn Path
The least expensive way of building a pavestone pathway is to embed a trail of pavers within your lawn. Lawn placement can save you money, with no special base materials to buy. Spacing the pavestones at a length equal to the average person’s stride allows you to use a minimum of pavestones. For added interest, the stones, set into the cut-away spots in your lawn at an even depth to ensure a smooth expanse, can be slightly staggered to create a meandering pathway within your landscape.
Pavestone With Mulch
The addition of mulch to a pavestone pathway can make a wide, colorful and more defined path for a very small investment. Lodging the pavestones in a path of mulch is also an easy weekend project. Mulch comes in many materials, including wood chip or rubber for longevity. Some municipalities actually offer free mulch for wood removal projects – giving homeowners a low-cost way to beautify a garden path.
Pavestone and Gravel
Another budget-friendly way to create a custom pavestone pathway is to combine large stepping stone pavers with low-cost road gravel. Place pavestones first; then surround the pathway with a bed of construction-grade gravel. By using contrasting colors for the pavestone and crushed gravel, a homeowner can create an easy and eye-catching landscape feature in any yard.
Pavestone and Recycled Brick
Recycled brick can be a budget-minded homeowner’s best friend. Demolition sites, landfills and salvage centers can provide these materials for free or at a very low cost. Mixing recycled bricks with larger pavestones can create a wider, more solid surface pathway compared to spaced pavestones alone. Broken bricks can be used to create mosaic patterns between the pavestones in custom designs.
Terry Mulligan has been writing since 2007. As an accomplished artist, decorator and business professional, she enjoys covering art, decor, business management, real estate, education, computers/software/ERP, animal rescue, cooking and self-improvement. Mulligan holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.