Patios & Walkways

The ideal landscaping plan has both growing plants and hardscape elements. They allow you and your family to physically enjoy the beauty of your outdoor spaces. Patios, walkways and paths are the elements that give you that access. A path or walkway let you move around and enjoy every corner of your home’s landscaping. Similarly, a patio or deck invites you to stay for a while and take time to be refreshed in your own "oasis."

Additionally, hardscapes tell visitors that your outdoor spaces have been planned and thought through with just as much love and care as your interior décor and furniture. Decks, patios and walkways are proof that your home doesn’t end at your door. Subsequently, it extends – and beckons -- outside, where all are invited to come and enjoy.

Design for attractive access and places to relax -- or entertain

Heading down the garden path isn’t just a cliché; it’s a phrase that speaks volumes about the wonderful allure of well-planned landscaping. You want your outdoor greenscapes to beckon to you, to appeal to the kids, grownups, cats and other wild creatures in your life. Plug in the perfect set of paths and walkways, using your own wild creativity and you’ll make it happen.

Traffic and use dictate the width of your walkway. Four feet of width is enough to walk side-by-side, for instance, but overall, a walkway is wider and more formal than a path. The same materials you might consider for a patio are likewise excellent choices for your garden walkways, and a little planning effort can pay off in usability.

Everyone enjoys mysterious garden coves and corners that invite you to explore, but experts suggest limiting the number of meanders, especially if you are planning a main walkway that will get regular and frequent use, such as from a garage to your house. Take a good look at the area. Is the path you have in mind a place where people will probably walk? Curves and hills are interesting but if the path is too serpentine, people will take shortcuts.

Oriental styled stairs create gentle slope while adding dramatic angles and exterior lighting.

Width and compatibility are key, generally a main walkway should be at least three feet wide, so everyone, including seniors and wheelchair users, can get around. While it may not be possible to avoid walkways along steep slopes or with many stairs, accessibility should play a role in your thinking. Make sure your landscape planner and contractor include edging to hold pavers, boards or gravel in place for smoother, more secure walkways.

Would certain materials and colors complement or clash with your home, or existing landscape or hardscape. Many homeowners want to enhance or improve existing landscaping, so use compatible materials.


Here are some types of materials your landscape designer will be glad to show you:

  • Interlocking pavers are growing the fastest in popularity. Flexible in design, they come in a spectrum of colors and styles, can be easily repaired, and require little or no maintenance.
  • Traditional masonry, like brick, fired tile and natural stone are popular premium materials for creating a beautiful custom patio.

    A deck or patio can be a complex project, so count on AIC Landscaping, with plenty of experience in creating them.

AiC Landscaping & Designs is your premier landscape and masonry services in Long Island, NY. We specialize in outdoor landscape designs and pride ourselves in being among the best in the industry. Our staff works closely together to ensure that your project is executed with the professionalism and attention to detail you expect and deserve..

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