Bulk paths — beauty in naturalness


Bulk paths are more suitable for a garden, since a small stone not fixed by a lawn grate frame is mobile and the path does not withstand heavy mechanical loads.

On the other hand, the stone scattering organically fits into the landscape of the landscape garden. Crushed stone is most often used as a filler, less often small pebbles or granite chips.

An exquisite addition to the rocky path will be sandstone slabs, wooden beams, saw cuts of wood (round timber), decorative concrete tiles (at least 6 cm thick).

When the site has elevation differences, then the joining of different levels of the bulk path is done by means of a stepped arrangement of a wooden bar or stone blocks.

The simplest version of a bulk path for a site with light moisture-permeable soil is rammed granite screenings.

The place under the track is first leveled by removing 5 cm of soil. Since geotextiles cannot be used here as protection against weed growth, they manage by simply cleaning the soil from the roots of plants and subsequent etching with chemicals.

Next, granite screenings are mixed with sand (in half), poured into a trench and carefully tamped. The edges of the path are slightly blurred, but for a garden plot this is just a piquant detail that enhances the aesthetics of the landscape.


When planning bulk paths, we recommend moving away from the stereotype that the path should be the same across the entire width. The gravel path is remarkable in that it resembles the bed of a dried-up stream, which means that it has winding edges and gradually narrows or expands along its entire length.

Installation work begins with a trench, the bottom of which is leveled, they are rammed and covered with geotextiles (this is a must, otherwise the grass will sprout, and the path will quickly collapse due to the «growing» of the stone into the soil).

The walls are reinforced with a board or plastic lawn tape: they are fixed in a vertical position with pegs.

First, a layer of wet sand of medium or coarse fraction is poured onto the prepared base, and rammed.

On top there is a layer of rubble of at least 10 cm. Moreover, first a medium-sized stone is poured, and on top a layer of a smaller one. The trench is filled to the level of the sides.

Thus, it is easy to calculate the required minimum trench depth: 5 cm (sand) + 10 cm (stone) = 15 cm.


If you lay slabs, timber, round timber on top of the crushed stone track, then it will turn out to be uneven and inconvenient to move.

Therefore, paving elements are laid until the final filling with fine gravel. As already mentioned, the thickness of large plates should not be less than 6 cm, small ones — 4 cm (otherwise they will break during operation). That is, on the first layer of crushed stone 4-5 cm thick, stone is laid, after which the gaps are filled with finer gravel.

As for the wooden elements, here the optimal thickness is 10 cm, but one cannot do without a crushed stone layer from below (as drainage). The way out is to prepare a deeper trench. It is desirable to treat wooden saw cuts and timber with an antiseptic and mastic (lower part).

An old recipe from Slavic architects: dip each round timber into hot drying oil and dry it (be extremely careful, it is highly flammable!).

The gaps between the cuts are filled with granite screenings.


The bulk path is combined with cuts cleared of bark. The gaps are filled with screenings, and the side parts are decorated with river pebbles.

A similar version of the combined bulk path, only instead of saw cuts, a thick board (at least 4 cm) was taken, treated with water-repellent impregnation.

The tightly packed rubble in the archway is framed by boxwoods and hydrangeas.

Walking along such a bulk path made of gravel and flat stone resembles the crossing of a mountain river. Doesn’t this option look organic in a garden landscape?

Paving the site with crushed stone, wood decking and flat stone makes the yard clean and aesthetically pleasing. And the greenery against the background of a gray stone texture looks brighter and juicier.

Small pebbles framed by large stones do not require the arrangement of bumpers and look completely natural in the landscape garden landscape.

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