Whatever the organization of your garden, in the form of long beds or squares, in the form of "French flower beds" or simple rows of vegetables, you must provide paths for its maintenance.
When choosing tracks, many solutions are possible: Temporary or permanent, vegetable or mineral ... In fact, the possibilities are as numerous as the forms of the gardens themselves. Each type of passage has its advantages and disadvantages. Choose and adapt them to your natural conditions and types of gardens.
Pave from hard materials for a long timetime. Used can be granular materials - sand, gravel, bark. Also, solid materials can be taken - stone, tile, concrete, paving stones. These tracks are practical, as they are resistant to stresses and unfavorable weather conditions. It is necessary to provide a substrate of geotextile or a strong polyethylene film. It is advisable to install curbs between the path and the zone of garden plants. They will keep the passages clean. Permanent tracks are easy to clean. Passages of solid materials can be washed with water from a hose. Bulk materials will have to be refilled in 3-4 years.
The drawback of permanent tracks is that fertile land is used, which does not participate in the crop rotation. And their cost is high. Therefore, you need to carefully plan the layout of such a garden.
This is part of the garden used by the gardener forPassage between plants, but which can be used later for planting. The classical option - the use of wooden boards. With them, just manipulate, shifting from place to place. They do not compact the soil very much. At the same time, they can become traps for slugs. Take advantage of this by collecting these pests from the back of the boards. The disadvantages are that the wood is destroyed with time and the boards need to be moved, and they are not always easy.
Mulch is a public solution
Straw, chopped branches, weeds are materials for this type of track. It is also possible to add pieces of cardboard. The mulch spread out on the tracks with a sufficiently thick layer allows:
- keep plants clean and dry on rainy days-
- limit the development of weeds-
- reduce the evaporation of water-
- to nourish the soil-
- Reduce the compaction of the earth.
The big disadvantage of mulch in wet areas is an attraction for slugs and snails. We'll have to fight them.
It is possible to leave the grass on the tracks. If they are wide enough to pass the lawnmower, then their maintenance will not be too heavy. But you can not throw at the mercy of grass growth on the paths - there will be weeds that can crawl over to the beds. On the other hand, the grass is easily trampled down and bald patches are formed from the bare ground. You can provide for the sowing of a special lawn grass. This is convenient if the garden is located near the lawn. The garden paths will be a continuation of the lawn. It's beautiful and original.