How to make paths to prevent weeds from growing

Garden paths have always been a part of landscape design, even if it was about tiny plots of 5 or 8 acres. They should be comfortable, beautiful and functional. But when it comes to the garden and the aisles between the beds, most of the summer residents only dream of not overgrowing with grass, and not having to endlessly weed the paths.

In fact, working in the garden should not only produce edible fruits in the form of vegetables and berries. It should also bring joy from the process itself, otherwise it very soon threatens to turn into a difficult and unbearable duty. Since people spend a significant part of their time in vegetable gardens, the place where they are should be convenient for performing all the work: watering, weeding, pruning, feeding. As a rule, it is the aisles between the beds that are thus the main workplace of any gardener. And equipping them so that it is as convenient as possible to be there is no less important than equipping the beds themselves.

Permanent beds

The largest selection of options so that grass does not grow on the paths exists if you have a stationary vegetable garden with high beds, made, as they say, for centuries.

Comment! In this case, the beds themselves are quite solid structures, so the paths between them can also be made quite strong.

Any building materials that can be fixed on the basis of concrete are suitable for this: paving slabs, bricks, stone chips, stone tiles and others. You can also cast concrete paths using both pre-made forms and homemade formwork.

Such a garden will look very aesthetically pleasing, but most importantly, you can easily move along such paths in any inclement weather, it is easy to remove all kinds of garbage from them and no weeds.

If all of the above seems too time-consuming for you or you are afraid of high material costs, then the easiest option would be to make paths for the garden from rubble. This is the least expensive material, which at the same time looks very beautiful in the aisles between the beds. It is only necessary when preparing the paths, first, mow all the plants to zero, and then cover the passages with geotextiles. Only after that, crushed stone can be poured on top. In this case, sprouted weeds on the paths do not threaten you.

Comment! In addition to the fact that weeds will not be able to germinate through geotextiles, crushed stone will not be able to go into the ground and, if desired, after a few years it can be collected and transferred to another place.

Shelters of paths for a mobile garden

No matter how good the stationary beds are, very many have not yet decided to connect the fate of their garden with similar structures and, in the old fashion, dig up the entire territory of the garden every autumn, including the paths between the beds. Others, using the same beds from year to year, still prefer not to build concrete paths, since in this case, changes in the layout of the garden plot become almost unrealistic. Nevertheless, both of them want the aisles between the beds not to be overgrown with grass, not to dirty their shoes, and it would be convenient and comfortable to work on them.

Therefore, the question "how to cover the paths between the beds from weeds?" rises in all its acuteness.

Finished goods

At the moment, with a variety of gardening products, manufacturers could not miss such an important issue from the scope of their attention.Therefore, on the market you can find quite a variety of types of coatings specifically designed for these purposes. Special rubber trackswhich are available in different colors and sizes. They are frost-resistant, moisture permeable, do not rot and at the same time have a non-slip surface. Walkways are an excellent finished weed control material. According to the manufacturer, rubber tracks have a service life of 10 years with year-round use.

A good and inexpensive option when arranging paths between beds would be to use black agrofibre. In order to prevent the growth of weeds and to extend its service life, it is advisable to cover it from above with sand, sawdust or tree bark.

Passages made of natural materials

A variety of natural materials are easy to use, they cost nothing and the paths made with their help look neat and practical. In addition, when they are used up, they are easy to dispose of along with the beds.

  • The idea of ​​covering the aisles between the beds in the garden with straw, fallen leaves or mowed grass is very popular among gardeners, especially in rural areas. This can be a very good option, but to prevent weeds from growing, you need to make a minimum layer of such mulching of 10 cm.
  • One of the most common options for covering paths in the garden is sprinkling them with sawdust. It must be remembered that sawdust, especially from conifers, tends to acidify the soil. Before sprinkling sawdust on the tracks, it is advisable to leave them to lie down for a year. If there is a desire to use them immediately, then treat them with urea and ash. This will help reduce the potential negative effect of placing them in the aisles between the beds.
  • An even more aesthetic type of natural materials for filling tracks is tree bark. If it is placed on top of any flat coating (film, fabric, cardboard), then even a relatively small layer of several centimeters thick can be used.
  • Quite often, an ordinary lawn is sown in the aisles of garden beds. It is convenient to walk on it, and well rooted, it does not allow most weeds to germinate. The disadvantage of this method is the need for regular mowing of row spacings. But the cut grass can easily serve as an additional mulch for planting in the beds.
  • In those places where spruce, fir and pine trees grow in large quantities, it is possible to use pine needles and even cones from trees to fill up the passages between the beds.
  • Finally, a fairly simple way to create weed-tight paths between the beds is to backfill them with a thick layer of sand. Place cardboard, magazines or newspapers underneath before sanding the passages. Usually this method is enough for about one season.

Waste paths

Smart gardeners, pondering the question "how to make the paths between the beds free from weeds and comfortable?", Have come up with many ways to use used things as a protective material or what is left in the house from the repairs carried out once.

For example, quite often the paths are covered with ordinary linoleum.

Advice! Since linoleum has a rather slippery surface, it is covered with a rough side outward.

The most original cover for the garden passage is a path made of corks from plastic bottles. It takes a lot of time and patience, but looks almost like a work of art.

Often, pieces of roofing material, glassine or even old fiberboard are used as filling the aisles between the beds. Of course, they do not last very long, but for 2-3 years it may be enough. To prevent weeds from getting a chance, it is important to cover paths with these materials.
Interestingly, even old carpets and textile paths are used as a material to protect walkways from weeds.After all, it is enough to cut their ribbons of the required width, and a luxurious path between the beds is provided.

Quite often, ordinary boards are used to build paths in the garden. They can simply be laid on the ground, or you can build a real flooring out of them. These paths look very aesthetically pleasing, but slugs and ants are very fond of getting under the boards.


There is truly no limit to the imaginations and inventions of the Russian gardener, therefore, it is possible that there are still many options for how you can arrange paths between the beds in the garden.

Comments (1)
  1. No weeds climb through the roofing material.

    09/30/2018 at 09:09
  2. I have an old carpet in between the rows for three years. Grass germinates only where there are holes and sometimes creeps out along the edges of the beds, and so, beauty!

    06/14/2018 at 01:06
  3. Weeds grow well through sawdust too

    06/08/2018 at 10:06
  4. Grass sprouts very well through carpets

    05/20/2018 at 12:05
  5. Oh, weeds sprout through geotextiles, like

    07/15/2017 at 04:07
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