How to Create a Front Yard With a Path and Plants

Overview

Your front garden greets visitors, welcomes family and says hello to passersby. Create a walk from the street to your front door with a stone path and a variety of plants. Plant from seed if budget is a challenge, or use cuttings and divisions from plants you already have. You can create your new front yard in a weekend.

Path

Step 1

Lay out the path with two garden hoses running parallel and about three feet apart. A curving path is more visually interesting than a straight path.

Step 2

Dig out the path with a shovel. If the path is on lawn, kill the grass first by laying black plastic over it for a week to 10 days. If you don't want to wait for the plastic to work, dig out every bit of grass. The path should be 1 inch deeper than the surrounding area.

Step 3

Edge the path with pavers on either side. Use bricks or even plastic lawn edging. The top of the material used to line the path should be an inch higher than the path. The edging holds in the pea gravel.

Step 4

Lay stepping stones in the path area. Check that they're level with the carpenter's level. They don't have to perfectly level, but any stone that protrudes more than a 1/2 inch may be a tripping hazard.

Step 5

Fill in between the stepping stones with pea gravel.

Planting

Step 1

Cluster the plants in groups of three, five or seven. Odd numbers are more visually pleasing than even numbers.

Step 2

Create areas of planting interest. For example: Plant a tree with several mid-sized bushes around it and a border of low growing flowers. Plant two taller bushes by the entryway to clearly mark it. Add a foundation planting of flowers on either side of the taller bushes.

Step 3

Place low growing plants on either side of the path way. Lay the plants in their containers where you plan on placing them. Adjust the grouping until it pleases you. Dig holes that are twice as deep and wide as the plants' nursery containers.

Step 4

Water well after planting until the ground is soaked to at least 6 inches. Keep the new plants well-watered for the first month. Apply fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't use an herbicide to kill the grass in the pathway. A slight breeze can cause the herbicide to drift onto other plants, killing them.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hoses
  • Shovel
  • Black plastic
  • Path edging
  • Path
  • Stepping stones
  • Carpenter's level
  • Pea gravel
  • Bushes, trees, flowers

References

  • "At Home in the Garden"; Becke Davis; 2001
  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden"; Courtier et al; 2003
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About this Author

Katie Rosehill holds an MBA from Arizona State University. She began her writing career soon after college and has written website content and e-books. Her articles have appeared on GardenGuides.com, eHow, and GolfLinks. Favorite topics include personal finance - that MBA does come in handy sometimes - weddings and gardening.