front walkway through vegetable beds integrated among perennials
backyard pathway leading to wooded area and driveway
pathway along side of house and cutting garden
grass pathway between edible garden beds
In the past I had always used permeable pathways. When I began designing this house my husband quickly pointed out that it would be quite difficult to shovel cedar chips or lawn. Because of the snow in this area I had to choose a pathway material that could be shoveled. If you do not live in an area with snow I encourage you to select pathway materials that are permeable. If you do live in an area with snow consider alternate and coordinating materials for areas that are used in the winter and those that are not used until spring and summer.
flagstone pathways and patio
If you have been reading along you will remember that we will be removing two large trees this month. Both trees were damaged by concrete. The root crowns were made susceptible to fungal rot from compaction and girdling. When you look down to plan, do not forget to look up. The roots of a tree extend just beyond the canopy over your head. If you are working below that canopy consider the impact of pathways and patios. Initially the canopy was a consideration when we chose to move our patio, unfortunately the driveway poured over the root system had already damaged the tree beyond repair.