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3 Affordable Pathway Options for your Garden

When pavers, concrete and other hardscape options are not in the budget, we suggest these 3 materials to our clients!


When it comes to creating a dream outdoor space without breaking the bank, pathways are an essential part of the equation. Whether you’re looking to add modern lines or organic curves, or desire the feel of a barefoot-friendly path or the satisfying crunch of a natural path, you’ve got options!


In this post, we’ll explore three highly cost-efficient pathway options to get your garden looking its best and maximize your yards functionality.


1. Flagstone Pathway: The Affordable Classic


Flagstone paths offer an affordable, classic look that works with a variety of garden styles. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a straightforward, laid back design that won’t require a lot of upkeep.


Flagstone is more affordable than many other stones, and it’s durable enough that it won’t need to be replaced any time soon. It can be laid in a variety of patterns, so you can customize your garden’s look with very little effort.


Edging your flagstone pathway, like at our Hummingbird Haven project, creates a more polished look. While the random flagstone pattern set in DG creates an organic flow at our Town and Cacti project.


2. DG Pathway: An Attractive and Affordable Choice


A DG pathway is a popular pathway choice for a reason. Easy to install and maintain, it provides a stunning visual effect for a fraction of the cost of other pathway options. Its earthy tones and textured appearance bring an element of natural beauty that complements a variety of outdoor spaces.


And the good news is, you don't have to sacrifice durability and versatility with this cost-effective material. In fact, decomposed granite is known for its durability and can last for years with minimal maintenance, making it an even smarter investment in the long run.


DG was an affordable choice for the many meandering pathways at our Santa Fe Hideaway project. A natural DG path gets a modern twist with the gray color choice at our Easy Living project.


3. Pre-Cast Step Stones: Contemporary and Convenient


Unlike concrete, pre-cast step stones offer all the beauty of a custom-crafted look without the cost and hassle associated with traditional concrete solutions. They also come in an array of finishes and sizes to suit your garden needs.


These stones are also remarkably low-maintenance and durable. This makes installation a breeze, saving homeowners time and money.


modern, affordable garden pathway in front yard landscape

We love to use pre-cast step stones in our more modern landscapes such as this modern textured pathway at our Plant Hugs project.


From pre-cast step stones with modern lines, to the organic curves of flagstone and the convenience of DG, these three materials have the flexibility to fit every budget, style, and desired maintenance level. Plan your pathways with care – the right materials can make a huge difference in the how your garden looks and feels. (Read how to maximize your yard's flow here.)


Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation and let's find the pathway option that’s perfect for your garden.


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