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Bark Chipping Pathway

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We’ve been busy this week making a new pathway behind the raised flower beds for access to the hedge mainly, but also to keep the weeds down. Put membrane down after weeding and levelling, and now we’ve completed half of the job. Need more Bark Chips so we can finish. It will come out beside my Rose ‘Bridge of Sighs’ under the Bramley Apple Tree eventually.

This is the view from under the Bramley, Quince Tree just visible at the other end of the path…

And the other end, beside the mini-orchard. Hakonechloea has been amazing this year!

Pleased with the results…looks very tidy and smart.

….And the finished path.

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A very good idea, Karen.You may remember I did I this at my old garden....specifically so,I could get behind the bed and trim the conifer hedge but, it also makes maintenance of the bed easier. And, every couple years, the bark will have rotted down and need replenishing so, this is an ideal time to shovel the old material onto the bed.This improved my soil no end over the years.
I did loose lay some stepping stones on top so as not to get soggy feet in the winter.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Great advice Paul...the soil in those raised borders certainly needs improving. I'm sur it clay subsoil in there, imported by some cowboy gardener as Topsoil no doubt. Last autumn I dug a lot of sharp sand in to them, but they need organic matter now. Once the garden is asleep I shall mulch with bark and then i can add to that from the path as you suggest. :)

19 Aug, 2015

 

I discovered accidentally that leaving conifer hedge trimmings on the ground had the same effect as membrane and bark - not as tidy but much cheaper!

19 Aug, 2015

 

After 12 years , Karen, my border was so much deeper, having dug 3 or 4 lots of the chippings in over the years.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Smart idea. So much easier to get around. I do like Paul's idea of laying flagstone or stepping stones.

19 Aug, 2015

 

looks great! good thinking for access it will be so much better for trimming hedge etc. :O)

19 Aug, 2015

 

Everything certainly looks tidy and smart Karen. Those plants of yours wouldn't dare get out of place. :0)

19 Aug, 2015

 

looking really good Karen. I like the use of bark chips.

19 Aug, 2015

 

Oh, I don't know Linda....I'm cultivating weeds a plenty, and even letting things self seed! I must be getting old and soft! ;)

Thanks SBG, Mum, Bathgate and Stera. :)

19 Aug, 2015

 

Looks good Karen and actually better than laying a gravel path, the bark blends in better in my opinion and provides a more natural look...

20 Aug, 2015

 

Interesting Karen. We're looking into doing paths through our big beds coincidentally.

20 Aug, 2015

 

I remember your old garden it was so neat and tidy, this is a great way to get to the hedge. We laid bark down in the dell but it needed topping up this year as the creepy crawlies eat it.

20 Aug, 2015

 

Yes, thats the thing with bark...always deteriorates fast. Thanks Teds.

Thanks Lincslass. I think it does look better than gravel in this environment. As you say, it blends.

Dawn, you could use log roll edging to keep the bark on the path.

20 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks Karen. Good idea.

20 Aug, 2015

 

:)

20 Aug, 2015

 

Years ago we got fed up of constantly weeding whilst we waited for shrubs to grow. Bark chippings came to our rescue. Not that cheap but very effective. Saved us a lot of work.

23 Aug, 2015

 

You're spot on Eirlys. :)

23 Aug, 2015

 

Oh I love the path, as your trees & borders mature it will be like a hidden secret path to somewhere private.

If you've got a chipper, sadly mine died, bark is a great mulch & soil improver. Unfortunately it can be too costly to replace each year in a large garden.

25 Aug, 2015

 

Thank you GF. I think my next 'toy' will be a shredder for the compost bins. My compost is very slow, in fact I don't think anything is happening in there!

25 Aug, 2015

 

They're great for running woody clippings thru & it feels good to put the bits back on the borders.
How did you get on with your last toy, the wild-life cam? See anything interesting?

26 Aug, 2015

 

Oh, that was a waste of money, but not because its useless. No, its me thats lacking. I forget to switch iton. Then I forget to look at the pics. Its still outside, but no, the only thing we saw was the sparrows feeding their young. I must get it going again!

26 Aug, 2015

 

Ah, well, I'm sure it will have its day eventually.

26 Aug, 2015

 

Karen I leave mine on, if you put some batteries in the back pack of the camera it lasts for ages, no need to switch it off unless you are shy about being seen on film lol :O) my backside is not as big definitely not as big as that I am sure the camera lies. lol.

26 Aug, 2015

 

We use fresh wood chippings straight from the sawmill for our paths. It has a glorious scent and it takes much longer to rot down and only costs a fraction of the price of this treated stuff you are using Karen. We used old carpets or newspaper under it. After three or four years it can be added to home made compost or laid on the borders as a mulch. If weeds do grow in it they are easily pulled out because they are growing from seeds self sowing on the surface and not from perennial weeds coming up from under the chips.
As most of the wood we chip ourselves is from deciduous trees and shrubs I use it in the compost bins. It would not be suitable for paths. Chipping the green stuff helps speed up the process of composting. If I was laying out this garden again I would have made composting bays rather than using compost bins. Bins are generally too small to heat up sufficiently to kill off weed seeds. I know many people turn their compost but a very experienced nursery owner has just said on a different website that they make great compost but never turn it. They ensure that the correct recipe (green and brown stuff) goes in to maximise the composting process.

28 Aug, 2015

 

There's definitely an art to it isn't there SG? Last year the bins were a bit pongy because of all the heat. But it's been so cool this year, they haven't been active at all. :(

28 Aug, 2015

 

I wish the weather had the same effect on the weeds. Growth generally has been wonderful and I suppose there has been enough good days to get into the garden but our new BBQ has languished in the garage and is yet to be christened. To get round the ponge I have been chucking soil in on top of fresh additions hoping any worms will help out.

28 Aug, 2015

 

I do that too - works well.

28 Aug, 2015

 

Good tip. Thanks!

28 Aug, 2015

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