Do garden paths yourself
Those who have a cottage, probably wondered - how and from what to make garden paths with their own hands at low cost? The article provides a detailed answer to this question.
First of all, the garden path should fit into the concept of the summer cottage. Her style and design should be in harmony with the environment. Plus, the garden passage should serve faithfully for a long time. That is why it is so important to make it from a strong and durable material.
The easiest way to make garden paths from scrap materials, namely, plastic bottles. Once they were considered garbage, but now they have found decent use. The options for using plastic bottles in landscape design are striking originality.
Advantages of garden paths from plastic bottles:
- low costs;
- just do;
- bright and original design;
- opportunity to work with children;
- serve for many years.
As you know, there are no pluses without minuses. These include the need for a large number of scrap materials (bottles or their caps), deformation of the tracks in the heat, fading of the material under the sunlight. Moreover, such tracks are rather slippery, so that after a rain it is difficult and even dangerous to walk on them.
Design options for garden paths of bottles are different. They can be made from whole bottles, their bottoms or a large number of multi-colored caps.
How to prepare materials for work?
Before you start work, you need to prepare all the necessary materials. Bottles need to be well washed, as they may be the remnants of a drink, remove the labels from them and dry well in the sun. In addition to the bottles, you will also need earth or sand, gravel, a shovel and a bucket, formwork (or box), garden shears (you can use regular ones), as well as boards for leveling, and, of course, fantasy.
You can make a track of any shape, its design depends solely on personal desires and landscape. However, there are three main options for manufacturing tracks.
Option One: Whole Bottles
The tracks are made like this:
- Sand needs to be filled to the top in each of the bottles.
- At the site of the future garden crossing dig a trench.
- Next you need to install the formwork. This requires boards, 15 centimeters in thickness, and wooden stakes with which these boards are fixed in place.
- The next step is to cover the trench with leaves, broken bricks and sand. If this is not done, the path may go underground in the future.
- Bottles should be laid out horizontally, as shown in the photo, on top we put boards for ramming.
- On the boards you can walk and jump, it will help to evenly distribute the bottle throughout the transition.
- Gaps between the containers must be filled with sand and pour with cement. The track is ready!
The design will be more interesting if you pre-paint the materials in different fun colors. You can also make the transition from the five-liter backpack. The advantages of such a track are that all materials are of approximately the same shape, and less is required.
To make a garden transition from baklazhek, they must first be washed and cut off the bottom. Next, you need to insert one eggplant into another, as shown in the photo, and fill the voids with sand. Laying out the need to pack in two or three rows, depending on the desired width of the track. Pour the mortar between rows and sprinkle with water.
Option Two - Cover
Garden path of the lids looks much more interesting and more fun. In addition, they can be laid out decoratively, in the form of some kind of pattern. To do this, you must first select a design and prepare drawings. With the help of them it will be difficult to make a mistake while working.
Preparation of the area in this case is no different from the previous one. In the same way, it is necessary to dig a trench, install a formwork, pour building and household trash into it, and thoroughly ram everything. Next, lay out the bottle caps.
With the help of boards you need to align the covers so that they are at the same level. For aesthetic appearance, the gaps can be filled with sand, once again tamped down with all the boards and remove the excess with a brush.
This work can be done even with the help of children.Laying out a mosaic just will not leave them indifferent.
The track can be made of any shape, as well as any length and width. It all depends on the imagination, as well as the amount of time, effort and available materials. The photo below shows the drawings that can be taken as a basis, as well as a possible design.
Option three: bottoms
You can make a garden path from any parts of the bottle, even from the bottoms. In this case, the design will be simpler than the previous one, but the path will still be beautiful and unusual.
Before you begin, you need to sort the bottoms cut off from the clean container, depending on the shape, color and size. If desired, they can be painted in bright colors. Then you need to pre-select the design and prepare the drawings of the future track.Preparatory work is no different from those described above. Bottoms laid out with the outer side up.
The track can be made from glass containers. It will be very beautiful shimmer in the sun, and please the eye. Of course, not everyone will decide to put glass under his feet, but with proper operation everything will work out as it should. In order to make a path made of glass, you just need to dig a trench in the same way, fill it with sand and debris, put the formwork and place the bottles.
Laying them horizontally categorically is impossible, it is unsafe. But if the path is needed only as a decoration, and no one will walk on it, you can give free rein to your imagination. For example, put color foils in transparent bottles, decorate them with rhinestones, gliters and sparkles.
The previous version has a significant disadvantage. Glass is a much more slippery material than plastic. Therefore, making the track completely out of glass is not recommended. It is better to use glass bottles, necks and bottoms from them as decorative elements, placing them in small patches among plastic.
Alternatively, they can be inserted in place of the formwork upside down. If you adjust them to the ground level, the appearance will be beautiful and aesthetic. You can also make a glass fence. To do this, glass bottles at the edges of the track must be turned upside down and buried in the ground quite a bit.
Another option is the decoration of the area around the track. Many different things can be made from the same plastic container (for example, crafts - frogs, daisies, windmills) and put them on the edges. They give the suburban area a special originality and unique style.
Garden transition can be made from any available materials. The most practical option is plastic bottles. From them you can make a track of any shape, any style, in a word, for every taste and color. The design of such a track depends only on personal desire. With the help of your imagination, using a sufficient amount of time and effort, you can get not only a practical transition, but also an excellent element of decor.
For example, glass containers can break, and the edges of the cut plastic are often very sharp. You need to work in gloves so that you do not accidentally cut yourself and do not carry the infection.
Garden path - a great element of decor! On photos of various tracks, made from simple everyday things. They are designed to awaken the imagination and inspire to work on the arrangement of their summer cottage.