Sooner or later, most summer residents decideTo bring in a full order the space between the beds. But that's how to beautify the paths - still have to choose. You can make a cover from a fashionable paving slab or be closer to nature and find other ways.
Familiar to many option - monolithic concreteTrack. Over the cover, you have to puff, but it will be convenient to roll a wheelbarrow, for example (if, of course, if the width of the passage is correctly calculated). The future track in this case is marked (by adding the allowance on the formwork along the edges) and the whole soil is removed to a depth of 25 cm throughout its length. On lightly drained soils, it is enough to take out 10 cm of earth and fill the solution in a tamped bed. But on heavy it is necessary a special pillow. First, about 5 cm of gravel, crushed stone or slag is poured, then about 10 cm of sand and each layer is densely packed. Formwork is built of solid boards placed on the edge, which should protrude from the ground for 3-4 cm. It is checked by level and fastened with pegs. From the inside, the box can be oiled to prevent sticking of concrete. The solution is prepared from 1 part of cement, 2 parts of sand and 3 - gravel. The mixture is poured into the formwork and smoothed after a couple of hours, and then allowed to stand for a week in a moistened state, covered with tarpaulin, after which the formwork can be removed.
For beauty, dyes can be added to the solution, andIn the still damp coating, press decorative elements - pebbles, fragments of bright dishes, beautiful ceramic tiles. Before use, all this should be washed and slightly soaked in water. On a slightly hardened surface, you can scrape out the slots to simulate gaps between slabs of unusual shape, and then fill them with colored cement. Finally, building shops sell standard forms for imitating the natural stone of their concrete, but they are good for straight trails of a certain width.
One board, two planks
Lovers of natural materials can buildPath from the boards. So that they do not rot, it is necessary to choose larch and tinker with construction. First, the path is covered with a layer of gravel at 5-6 cm and carefully leveled. On the gravel set the massive beams, pre-soaked with a solution that protects the tree from decomposition. And already on the uneven boards lay the boards, lifting them and making gaps of 1-2 cm to drain water.
If the path is built from the spits, imitating pavingStone, they are also treated with an antiseptic. Throughout the length of the path, the soil is taken out to the depth of the shank, plus 5 cm. After weighed the earth, make a pillow of gravel (3 cm) and sand (2 cm). Pillow spilled and rammed, laid down, sandwiched between gravel and sand.
Wooden tracks may seem tooSlippery, they should be avoided if there is a risk of injury in children and elderly family members. The usual building brick is bad for the tracks, it will collapse after a couple of years, you need to buy a special paving clinker. If you decide to simply add gravel to the tracks, remember that children or elderly people may fall on them, and sharp pebbles will severely damage their skin. To avoid flooding the paths with water, you can lift them above the ground by 5-7 cm. To avoid damaging the grass, the bed can be lined with polyethylene or special geotextiles. In the new suburban area, do not rush to build tracks: in a year or two it will become clear which routes are most convenient to move around.