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6 low-cost garden paths you can build for yourself

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A fabulous garden is a great addition to any home, but none are complete without an equally beautiful path which offers easy access to every part! The only snag is that paths can be costly to lay, especially if you don't know that you can get a high-end look, using budget materials! Landscape architects are always looking for ways to get their clients' the look they want, for a designated budget, which is why we want to show you some of the innovative yet low-cost path ideas that they have been curating! Come and take a look and see if any of these suggestions will tap into your perfect aesthetic, while not breaking the bank!

1. Bricks!

Bricks are a cheap building material that can be used to great effect as a path! You don't need to have super skills in bricklaying in order to get a great finish and you can even look for reclaimed blocks, to save a little bit of extra money! What a great idea.

2. Concrete slabs.

Concrete paving slabs are fantastically cost-effective, easy to come by and are fairly easy to cut to any shape and size as well, but it's the way you lay them that makes them so brilliant! You literally just lay them down and you're done! 

3. Crazy paving.

Whether you go for a rustic crazy paving look for your path, with a few different stones all laid in a winding shape or commit to a more mosaic-style with concrete as the 'glue', this is a really easy way to get a handy path! Because your slabs don't need to match, you can save serious money too, by buying leftover or bargain pieces!

4. Wooden slats.

Wooden slats are ideal for paths, as they are easy to treat, simple to cut and can sit on top of any material, including shingle and grass! We'd suggest using an anti-slip treatment, to be sure that you won't come a cropper after a little rainfall.

5. Shingle.

Super cheap to buy and available in a myriad of different colours, shingle is the perfect garden path material, when you are trying to watch the pennies! With edging in place, you literally just need to pour and rake a few bags of shingle and you'll have a terrific finish!

6. Combined materials.

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We really like the look of a shingle base with either concrete stepping stones or wooden slabs pressed into it, as the contrast of materials always gives the impression of a bigger spend. You could go really bold, with white shingle and black stepping stones! What a look that would be!

For a little more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Inspirational front garden designs.

Did you spot a potentially perfect path for your garden here?
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