|This is not the picture that inspired my garden design, but the concept is similar.|
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I believe that I have my backyard plan figured out as much as possible from afar. Now, I am on to thinking about process. What materials will I use for the paths? Will I use raised beds, will I till in the sod and battle the weeds, or will I use a sod remover? Weighing the options…
True naturalists want to de-pave the planet as much as possible and use mulch paths. However, I must admit that I really like the pretty brick paths in the picture that inspired my backyard design. After living on the shores of the North Sea for a few months, I have come to respect rock as a natural part of the earth. Perhaps, as a compromise, I could create paths of small pebbles. But really, who wants pebble paths? They will require weeding and the wheelbarrow will be hard to push. And I really like the brick. So here’s the plan: if I can get my hands on some cheap (or free), recycled brick, I will go with brick paths. If not, I will mulch the paths.