Glass multicolor garden plot: the use of glass for paths
Glass is an amazing material that arose thousands of years ago from molten sand in the mouth of a volcano; today it is used in many branches of human life. Designers and architects are happy to use this aesthetic, sustainable and functional building material in their projects, creating expressive mirrored glass buildings. The designers have also found the use of glass in landscape design.
What is glass crushed stone?
Glass crushed stone is widely used in the arrangement of drainage systems, as dumps when laying slabs for pavements, as well as filling the sinuses of the soil near stone walls. Due to its decorative qualities, glass is often used to decorate flower beds and garden paths. The shards of glass used to decorate the site, of course, do not have sharp edges.
Glass shards and decorative sand are made in special glass breakers by intensive crushing and friction, in which sharp edges are simply erased
The main advantage of glass is its ability to refract light, due to which the compositions created from it shimmer and play in the sun's rays. Glass perfectly combines with plants and at the same time does not harm them, since it is a chemically inert material.
The key advantage of this inorganic bedding is its long service life. It does not crumble, does not fade and retains its attractive appearance for several seasons.
The paths covered with glass chips look amazing at any time of the day, mysteriously gleaming in the first rays of the sun, playing with all the colors of the rainbow at noon and solemnly sparkling against the backdrop of the setting sun
Glass Garden by Andi Kao
One of the vivid examples of the successful use of glass crushed stone in the design of the territory is the work of the landscape architect Andi Kao. In one of his projects, the Glass Garden in Echo Park, he decorated garden paths with crushed brown bottle glass, and terraces with transparent granules of green and blue shades. The grainy glass surface successfully emphasizes the unusual texture of winding paths, ponds and flower beds with exotic plants.
Depending on the weather and time of day, the appearance of the glass granules changes. But still, glass scattering on the paths looks the most attractive after rain.
Glass elements of landscape design are perfectly combined with the natural environment, which creates a stunning effect of the penetration of the artificial into the natural.
Italian landscape designer Pino Signoretto used large glass blocks to design garden paths, laying out retaining walls from them
The procedure for decorating the tracks with glass
Glass paths are able to fit perfectly into the surrounding landscape. Visually connecting different parts of the garden, they create a single picturesque picture.
Outside the season, glass coatings are an excellent substitute for colors, and in the season they serve as a pleasant addition.
Option # 1 - crushed glass dump
When decorating the tracks, melted glass fragments with a diameter of 0.3-5 millimeters are used, which can be purchased in specialized stores. On average, the cost of such filling varies in the range from $ 1-25 per kilogram. When choosing a material for backfilling, it is better to give preference to colored glass chips, since colorless fragments can simply get lost against the background of the exuberant colors of the garden.
The only drawback of the material is that it is very problematic to remove tree litter and accumulating debris from the surface.
Colored glass granules are better for decorating paths placed in an open area, and not under the shade of trees
The device of a track made of glass granules takes place in several stages:
- Markup. With the help of a rope and wooden pegs, we outline the contours of the future path.
- Digging a pit. On the site with the marked boundary, we remove the top layer of soil 10-15 centimeters deep, forming the so-called bed.
- Geotextile laying. We carefully tamp the bottom of the pit and cover it with non-woven material, which will prevent glass granules from sinking into the ground and slow down the germination of weeds.
- Backfill decoration. On the prepared base, pour a layer 2.5-3 centimeters thick of glass gravel.
Dumping from crushed glass tends to silt over time. The reason for this is mixing it with fine particles of sand and soil. A layer of geotextile will help prevent siltation and extend the life of the backfill.
Although a scattering of glass granules serves as a mulch, retaining moisture and driving away snails, it cannot completely protect the surface from weed germination.
To prevent weeds from germinating through the dump on the surface of the path, treating the top layer of the turf with a chemical herbicide such as Hurricane, Tornado or Roundup
If the garden path sags a little over time, then you just need to add a second layer of granules. Caring for such a path is only to periodically stir up the glass pieces with a rake.
Option # 2 - the second life of glass bottles
A more economical option for arranging paths involves the use of old glass bottles.
Bottles made of colored glass can serve as a basis, both for filling the surface of the tracks itself, and for creating original sides
It is quite simple to create an interesting pattern on the bottle path:
- We outline the boundaries of the future track with the help of pegs.
- We dig a ditch along the outlined contour with a shovel, sinking half a bayonet.
- Fill the dug trench 2/3 with a layer of dry sand.
- We spread the pattern by pressing the bottles into the sand with their necks down.
When arranging the path, the bottles should be pressed into the sand so that the result is a flat surface. When composing patterns, experiment with colors and shapes - the more you use shades, the more colorful the track will turn out. Having laid out the pattern, the voids between the bottles should be filled with soil or sand.
To give the laid out path the most even surface, take a flat board and place it on the pattern laid out from the bottle bottoms. Walk the board several times. This will distribute the load evenly over the entire surface.
An excellent framing of glass paths will be low flower beds made of drought-resistant plants and succulents. These plants are able to benefit from being close to glass and are not afraid to burn themselves from a lot of glare.
Small stones of arbitrary shape, laid out in rows, can also act as a border for such paths. They will perfectly harmonize with the surface and give the track a complete look.
Thanks to such luxurious paths, even the most unremarkable area can be transformed into a multicolored glass
It's great if there is an opportunity to highlight the glass surface. With well-organized lighting, the path flickering in the rays of street lamps will become a real dominant of the landscape.
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Refining situation in Russia
In contrast to Western countries, few factories in Russia are engaged in the processing of glass products. Moreover, they use very little cullet... It accounts for less than 10% of all processed products.
Little unbroken glass is also recycled - only about 20%... The rest of the container is taken to landfills. But in modern Europe, with its high culture of separate waste disposal, this figure exceeds 90%.
Not so long ago, things were better in our country - in Soviet times, thanks to the efficient operation of reception points, more than 80% of glass containers were recycled.
Paths between the beds in the garden
Owners of personal plots always ask themselves the question of improving the territory adjacent to the house. One of them is the design of the tracks. Their purpose is to give the area aesthetic, as well as to avoid a lot of dirt during bad weather. Because even during rainy weather, the plants in the garden need care. And the covered paths between the beds in the country house do not allow dirt to stick to the sole and spread throughout the entire territory, and then get into the living quarters.
The open paths left by gardeners give free rein to the weeds that sprout between the beds. In addition, if the paths between the beds are not closed by anything, then excessive evaporation of moisture occurs through them.
Materials that can be used as a cover for paths between beds
In order to spend a minimum of funds on arranging the paths, you can use any materials (construction and improvised), and as a result, get solid products. Do-it-yourself paths will be durable, they can be easily dismantled by removing sheets of cardboard, roofing material, film, etc.
There are many options for how to arrange a walkway in the aisles
1. Covering the walkway with gravel is an excellent solution. The cost of crushed stone is low. Performing work on the arrangement of a crushed stone path does not present any difficulties. Therefore, such a coating is an excellent alternative to materials such as concrete, decorative tiles or bricks. Bulk materials are the most economical building materials of all used for road surfaces.
2. Roofing material, flat slate, or a lawn lattice consisting of slats are often used as a cover for the path between the beds in the country. These materials are simply assembled. They are easy to remove at any time and make a new styling. To make mobile walkways, owners need to use materials that have a rough surface, have an anti-slip effect and can withstand the load for a long time.
If the load on the coating is to be large, then it is imperative to take this into account when forming it. If it is planned to transport carts with water, trailers with harvested crops along the track, then it is imperative to design an extended track using more durable material. Not only concrete, but also fragments of natural stone tiles is strong, withstanding a lot of weight.
3. The plant material is very convenient for creating a quality cover between the beds. For this, fillers from wood chips, sawdust, tops, branches and stems of trees and shrubs are suitable. The positive qualities of a natural soft coating include:
• provides a pleasant walking experience
• in preparation for the winter period, the covering layer from the path just needs to be raked, then dumped into the compost pit
• the location of this type of path in the garden can easily change depending on the location of the beds with plants.
4. The reliability and practicality of concrete paths is an indisputable fact. But these products also look very aesthetically pleasing. Concrete mortar can be "revived" by using pieces of ceramic tiles in contrasting colors to create quirky mosaic patterns. Colored elements, pressed into the cement solution, will give the track an original extraordinary look, "tell" that the owner of the cottage has excellent taste. If the passages are concreted, then weeds will not appear, and the structure will be operated for a long period of time. Of the advantages of such a track, one can single out its simplicity in care, frost resistance, and wear resistance. Concrete can withstand heavy loads and does not rot.
5. Bricks of different colors are also ideal for making an economical path on a personal plot. To decorate it beautifully and tastefully, you do not need to stop at the usual styling. An excellent option to diversify such a path would be the arrangement of the bricks in the form of a checkerboard. In this case, the resulting cracks are covered with a sand mixture, crumbs from a stone, or left untouched so that small grass grows freely between them. You can fantasize over the patterned arrangement of paths and fences of brick beds. It always looks beautiful.
6. Sometimes paths in the garden are laid out with stones. To do this, the top layer of soil is removed between the rows with plants. Then the surface is leveled and covered with a layer of sand. In order to avoid weeds breaking through the cracks, a layer of polyethylene film or geotextile cloth is placed in the base of the walkway.
You need to pick up stones so that they match in size. It is necessary to lay the material very close to each other and at the same time stop the choice on the flatter and more attractive exterior side of the stone, so that the top of the coating turns out to be even.
Sometimes the beds are fenced using large stones to give originality in the gardens. In this case, the dimensions of the stone material should preferably coincide in order to be able to lay it horizontally. Such a structure must be additionally secured by concreting.
7. The option of filling the aisle with a mixture of multi-colored stone chips is possible. For this:
• remove the upper part of the soil (to a depth of about 15 cm)
• the resulting recess is lined with a layer of non-woven geotextile
• fix the canvas at the edges using a border tape
• fill the resulting trench with a mass of crumb, or pebbles, or gravel.
A wide range of colors of marble chips and different sizes of its granules will allow you to create a mood by combining rich shades.
8. Gardeners in the countryside often use ordinary straw to fill the aisles. Fallen leaves and mown grass are suitable for this. In order to avoid weeds, it is necessary to create a mulch layer (about 10 cm).
9. Ordinary sawdust is economical. With this method, it is necessary to take into account the ability of coniferous sawdust to acidify the earth. To prevent this from happening, they are left to lie down for a year. But if there is an urgent need to use, then they are processed using urea and ash.
10. The tree bark looks much more aesthetically pleasing on the paths. Before its flooring, a film, fabric, cardboard is placed on the bottom.
11. It happens that the paths between the garden beds are formed by sowing ordinary lawn grass. It is good for walking, and if rooted it will keep weeds from growing. The downside is the need to periodically mow the grown grass. But at the same time, this waste will become material for mulching the land in the beds.
12. Practice thick sand paths. Before backfill, cardboard, newspaper, magazine sheets are laid along the bottom. This path is short-lived and will last for one season.
13. Material such as linoleum can also serve as a coating. But so that it does not slip, it is recommended to lay it with a reverse rough surface up.
14. The original solution is a track made of plastic bottle corks. But this takes time and patience.
15. Often simple boards are used as material for paths in the garden. They are laid out in place of the future path, and sometimes a full-fledged flooring is built. Such road surfaces look aesthetically pleasing and neat, but slugs and ants make their homes on the inside of the boards.
How and from what to make a path in the garden with your own hands economically depends on your material capabilities, skills and imagination. In any case, it will bring you not only the joy of a job well done, but also undoubted benefit.
Video: paths in the garden between the beds
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