The summer is just around the corner and a lot of homeowners are turning their attention to their gardens. One improvement you may be planning to make in time for summer is to pave a section of your garden. This is a very practical and attractive change to make to your outdoor space. It divides your garden into sections, it provides a flat, solid surface on which to place outdoor furniture and it adds a new texture, colour and look to your outdoor space. If you are considering adding a paved element to your garden, here are some considerations you should make.

The colour of the paving

When you are choosing the flagstones for your garden, you should consider the colour carefully. If you don’t, you could get it wrong and the paved area could stick out like a sore thumb in your garden. Your aim is to make your paving blend in naturally with the surroundings. Look around you. Take note of the colour of your house, the colour of the properties in the area and any other dominant shades. This will help you decide whether you should go for a grey, terracotta or much lighter colour of stones.

The paving to grass ratio

To help you establish the right balance of pavement and grass in your garden, it helps to think about how you and your family use your garden. If you are a keen gardener, you will probably want to keep a large section of your garden for lawn and flowerbeds. However, if you use your garden more for relaxing with friends and dining with family, then you might prefer a larger paved area for comfortable seating and dining tables. If you are unsure and reluctant to start on this project in case you regret the ratio you choose, give yourself a bit of time. For the first few weeks in summer, pay attention to how you and your family use your garden. Use these observations to help you determine the right paving to grass ratio for your space.

Simple or decorative?

Some homeowners just want their paved areas to serve a function. While others also wish these sections of the garden to be a feature. A simple pavement section will look classic and elegant in any outdoor space. If you are looking for something more creative, however, you might want to consider raised sections, steps and attractive borders for your paved area.

Taking care of your pavement

While paving is far less maintenance than grass, there are still things you should do in order to take care of it. You will need to wash the stones regularly, remove weeds between sections and deal with algae and moss buildup. So, you must ask yourself whether you are prepared to maintain your paved area properly.

A paved section is a very attractive and practical addition to a garden. However, do make sure you take these points into consideration before going ahead with this project so that you end up with a result that you are entirely happy with.

Happy paving!