Welcome to Paving, Patios, Pathways & Decking
Paving, decking and pathways provide a level surface for a variety of functions such as entertaining, eating, activities and of course relaxation.
Between the colours of woods and stains, as well as natural coloured stone and textures, some spectacular effects can be achieved. The use of different coloured slabs, cobbles, bricks or sets can create geometric patterns to give interest.
This section is all about what you walk on in the garden. Below are some examples of the very simple and some of the more complex or unusual to inspire you as well as a little of the history of paths, tracks, roads and paving.
Any well trodden route from one place to another, whether made by animals or humans can be considered a pathway. Paths can be rustic and casual as well as well defined or more formal. Whatever you decide to use to make your pathway the common denominator is that they go from one place to another and take you on a journey.
That journey doesn't have to be just functional. It can be one of changing scenery and underfoot sensation depending on the materials used. The crunch of gravel, the soft feel of grass or the smooth precision of a resin path will all in their own way add to the visual and sensual experience.
A Pathway can be soft underfoot as seen here where the path is made of turf
This lush green lawn path just begs to be followed to reveal who knows what !
Perhaps a stunning water feature.
Pathways can be made of virtually any material that defines a route from one place to another. Generally though, the use of paving slabs is employed. Smaller blocks or bricks, more commonly referred to as sets are used to great effect.
Using fragrant plants at the edge of pathways not only creates an aromatic experience but softens the edges and gives the opportunity to plant a variety of species to increase interest and visual impact.
At Rooted Landscapes, we'll take you by the hand and lead you down the path to a beautifully landscaped garden or outdoor space you can be proud of.
When and how decking came into existence is a tricky question to answer. From the research we've done, it most likely started in the form of a single plank trackway built between wooden uprights with the planks laid end to end. Dated to the 3800's bc and believed to be the oldest, the Post Track and Sweet Track, causeways in the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury were built to link fen islands across the marshes.
Over in the U.S.A. the boardwalk was probably the closest relative of today's modern decking. If you've ever watched an old western movie the boardwalk outside the saloon serves as a perfect example.
Nowadays modern composite decking can contain a high degree of recycled or reclaimed material. It is durable and is virtually maintenance free. Many composite deck planks are wood textured on one side and have traditional grooves on the other , allowing the option to be laid either way up.
The alternatives to soft and hardwood planks or composites are things like galvanised grids, diamond plate can all be used to great effect.
A patio is no different to paving other than it connects to a property at a doorway. In 1994 in Giza, Egypt, a paved road was unearthed. Thought to be the oldest in the world, it dates back to around 4,600 years and ran between Lake Moeris and the pyramids at Giza most likely to transport stone for the building of the pyramids.
The Romans are also known to have constructed roads that were paved to stop their armies getting bogged down in mud when they marched. From those early beginnings the practice of paving spread throughout Europe
As you can see from the example here, a simple mixture of size and colour can be employed to create geometric designs that will add interest, can define separate areas, or integrate other materials to great effect.
The most popular type of modern paving at present is Indian grey sandstone which has a textured uneven finish, and the trend is to opt for several different sizes of slab laid in a random way to give a rustic appearance.
Cast concrete slabs are also a modern alternative to natural stone . The variety of shape, colour and texture are endless due to the flexibility of the casting process.
Whatever your choice of main material, the addition of a small amount of contrasting colour or texture can make all the difference to an otherwise monotone paved area. Here we have show just a small selection of the kind of variations and design that are possible.