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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tuesday’s Track


It’s just too darn beautiful a morning to get wrapped up in loads of words and thought. So on this Tuesday, let’s keep a simple track. The direction we shall go in, well, it’s a quick design thought on pathways. Just for the record, what materials you choose aren’t required to be elaborate or complex. A pathway's main purpose is to indicate where you want to direct traffic to walk, perhaps meander. It’s your lead, your path. What would you like it to be?

For example, this simple bluestone pathway set in the lawn leads you directly to where a visitor is intended to land. It is a subtle and less structured approach than a pathway made from bricks. Pick materials for a pathway that feel comfortable for you, your lifestyle and a choice that blends tastefully with the architecture of your home. And always pick a material and installation that can handle your climate and temperature changes. What works in a warm climate may not hold up in a colder, thaw and freeze type of weather.

As Libba Bray points out, “What happens if your choice is misguided, you must try to correct it but what if it’s too late? What if you can’t? Then you must find a way to live with it.” Fortunately, most paths we opt for can be altered and changed. As Steve Maraboli states, “The road to success is always under construction.” But construction is messy so choose pathway materials that best reflect you and your lifestyle so you can entertain and relax in your landscape rather than fret about the wrong choice.  

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