Tips for Designing a Garden
Beautiful garden tends to make people feel happy and comfortable. However, the gardens I fancy most are those with easy walkways, and quite easy to maintain. Gardens should have walkways and structures easy to navigate. Here are a couple of tips that have over the years assisted me in creating outstanding and accessible gardens.
1. Give a wide berth
Ensure your garden has a wide and comfortable passage. No one fancies walking through narrow walkways. Main thoroughfares should be at least 5 feet wide for two or more people to walk side by side without hitches. Furthermore, secondary pathways should be at least 3 feet wide. Kindly note that the taller the structures or paintings on your walkways the wider your path should be.
2. Watch your steps
Outdoor steps and stairways should be slightly ascended with a rise of 6 or fewer inches; otherwise, they might seem daunting to users. The depth of each step and its rise should equal 26 inches. Therefore steps with a 6-inch rise would require a run of 14 inches. Landings should be as deep as the stairs are wide.
3. Plenty of elbow room
Patios and decks are splendid and ideal spaces for outdoor entertainment. Therefore, it would be appropriate to plan for adequate space for dinning in the garden. Put into consideration the number of guests you are most likely to host regularly and work with a minimum of 4 square feet space per person. Dining outdoor means placing a couple of furniture outside, so endeavor to leave at least a 3-foot-wide perimeter of open space around any group of furniture for comfort.
4. Steady on your feet
Ensure that any paving grants secure footing. Stay away from slick surfaces that wobble. Gravel walkways are perfect with unsifted gravel as those with granite, or smooth outdoor tile may not provide adequate traction in wintery and rainy climates. Unsifted gravel comprises of various-size aggregates, which provide a solid footing. Whatever your paving material is, ensure your paved surfaces are slightly sloped (to prevent water from pooling on them.
5. Heads up
There should be a minimum of 7 feet under archways, pergolas, and arbors for an adequate room. However, add 18 inches if you intend planting over the structure. Although this may seem high, kindly note that outdoor structures do look smaller than they would usually look if they were indoors. Furthermore, it’s better to be guarded and secured than sorry from hitting heads with a wisteria. Arches and pergolas should be few inches outside the pathways running through them for adequate elbow room.