Edibles with Ease: When to Get Growing from Seeds or from Starts? Read more »
In my side yard which is mostly shade, I have tried a variety of perennials that thrive in a woodland setting. Read more »
Make your garden even more welcoming to birds and butterflies: turn it into a certified wildlife habitat. Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Keep your lawn and your shoes clean and free of clippings by adding our innovative, sturdy Grass Catcher to your StaySharp™ Ree... Read more »
The Salsa Rain Barrel System makes it easy to collect up to 58 gallons of water for your garden and lawn. Our rain barrel is ma... Read more »
Make the most of National Craft Month by preparing some craft kits for your children - let them explore color, texture and dif... Read more »
This is the second how-to in a series focused on getting the most out of your basic paper punches. Read more »
Spring brings in the most wonderful colors and here is a fun way to add a touch of color to your gifts! Read more »
Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle fo... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
My idea is to show everyone that they can make something cute and fashionable without spending a lot of money. Read more »
Embellishing a plain shirt using a reverse appliqué technique is easy - and your kids will love their personalized outfit! Read more »
This year, it seems like spring is way overdue at our house. Read more »
Perfect for tight, precise cuts, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force the blades back togethe... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through multiple layers, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabr... Read more »
I always look forward to school being out for the summer (more so than my children, probably!) and the change of pace means we... Read more »
This fun project is a great way to send a little love note to your child. These lunchbox notes can be slipped into a backpack... Read more »
Here is a fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day that is not only adorable, it makes kids stop and think about how lucky they are. Read more »
Children love our Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the handle that’s shiny, bright and smooth, not “sticky” or “bumpy.” Teachers and... Read more »
Our Big Kids Scissors take the basic design of our teacher-recommended Kids Scissors and enlarge them for kids that are a littl... Read more »
Our Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those older children who ar... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Super Pruner/Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear... Read more »
Our Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade makes cutting a wide variety of quilting materials comfortable and easy. A cu... Read more »
Don't miss your chance to win a complete prize pack valued at nearly $200!
Community gardens aren’t just allotments — they’re urban farms, great places to share gardening skills and crops.
Keep all of your tools performing at their best.
A few years ago I took a photo of my daughter with her best friend and the friend’s younger sister walking on a garden path at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. While the two photographs are very different, they both make me think about what lies ahead, what’s around the corner? The best garden paths pique our curiosity, and at the same time welcome us to explore and discover. They direct our view and guide our feet through the landscape. And sometimes, a path is the most direct route for getting us from point A to B.
The design of a path, whether it’s curved, straight, wide or narrow, formal or informal depends on its function as well as the design of the garden. The choice and colors of the materials you use depend on your budget, the style of your house and your personal preferences.
The best garden paths are comfortable to walk on. When using different types of stone such as pea gravel or slate chips for a walkway, smaller sizes are typically more comfortable. While solid walkways made of concrete or aggregates may work well for institutional gardens, permeable surfaces are environmentally friendly and easy to install. Pea gravel, slate chips and other types of rocks are sold by the ton. When laying a path you should plan for the material you use to be at least two inches thick, which will cover 100 square feet.
If you are using flagstone, large stones make a strong statement. If cost is a consideration, a path made of stepping stones with gravel between and surrounding the stones will be less expensive than using just flagstone.
A mulch path for woodland is an inexpensive option and can be replenished as needed. Plants as a green edge for paths helps to tie the garden to the path.
Recently I visited with a neighbor, whose front yard is made up of garden beds that are surrounded and defined by a series of paths, using slate chips as the surface. (three to four inches thick). The owner Deb says “ she likes the easy access the paths provide to work in all of the beds.” With the design of her garden, straight paths work well and connect to a central path that leads to her front door. The structure of the garden is formal but the lush plantings soften the edges and give it a relaxed feel.
In the original garden the front path was constructed out of solid pavers which were functional but not very interesting. This same path was transformed when her designer lifted the pavers and reset them in a different design, using slate chips between the pavers.
The extra pavers were used to edge the beds in the front garden. I especially like the slate, both for how it looks and how comfortable it is to walk on.