What type of path?
We're always happy to have an initial discussion with you about paths. The type of path that you want is going to depend on a number of factors, and you may want to pick our brains and then have some time to mull the whole thing over.
Depending on where the path is going to go, you may want something simple like a series of stepping stones or you may want a 'proper' path. But then if you have a proper path what kind of surface do you want? You could have one made from gravel, tree bark, asphalt, paving stones, bricks etc.
Another issue to consider is whether the path is going to be constructed on a slope, and if so whether you want , or necessary, to use steps, whether that's a series of single steps or a flight or flights of steps. If you're going to use the path for moving garden material (whether that's waste or things like compost) you may want to ensure that a wheelbarrow can negotiate the entire length of the path. This in turn will help to decide the depth of the path if you're wanting gravel or something similar.
If you have small children using the garden you may want to either avoid steps or be careful about their pitch and the materials used, and you may also want to consider the use of hard surfaces or edges.
Lastly, depending on the ground that the path is being laid on we'll discuss with you how, if at all, you want the path edging. It's importan that if the path is going across or near to soil that that soil doesn't end up being scattered on the path, and conversely if the path is going across a lawn that any gravel in the path doesn't end up on the lawn and ruining a lawnmower!
So the type of path you want may not be an easy decision!
Laying your path
Initially we'll mark out the width and route of the path so that you'll be clear about where it will go and how it might affect existing shrubs and other garden features. This may prompt you to either get us to re-route the path, slightly change the width, or to start the process of moving some plants.
If there is a slope we'll suggest how we intend to deal with this. We'll also check out if there's any bumps, humps or dips so that we can get a relatively flat path without any edging becoming uncessarily visible, or having turf or soil spilling over on to the path and providing unnessary maintanenance issues.
We'll then dig out the route of the path and edge it. If there are to be any steps we'll put them in position and then lay the hardcore. After tamping down the hardcore we'll then fill the path Depending on the path surface we may or may not tamp that down. It's quite possible that once the path is complete it will settle in parts and require a topping up of gravel etc.