outdoor garden with gravel path
Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan
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5. Use Paths to Tie Spaces Together

Paths for strolling and exploring knit together the separate areas of the yard. Decomposed granite walkways curve around the patio and pond, providing a delightful crunch underfoot and a brick-red color that breaks up all the stone and concrete hardscape. Initially set in limestone with wide joints for groundcovers, the path got heavy traffic that never gave the plants a chance to become established and led to muddy footprints inside the house. So the limestone was removed and replaced with a 4-inch layer of decomposed granite over a 3-inch gravel base.
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