Thursday, January 26, 2017

NATURAL WOOD STEPPING STONE PATH, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Tree slice garden path, image via Pinterest

Saw this online and we fell in love with the idea of using a tree like this. We have some felled trees on the property, and love the idea of slicing them up and making them into stepping stones.  I'm sure that they won't last forever of course, but perhaps a bit of stain/sealer might make them beautiful and help them last for a few seasons.  

Anyway, great idea for a path in a garden or even beside a house or driveway. It's natural and has a neat kind of "Hobbit" vibe, ha.  

Of course, that garden is to die for too!

Be inspired!

18 comments:

  1. I have seen this image and liked it too, but let me say unless you seal the wood pieces super well, it will only last maybe 2 years in the Houston area. I built a pallet wood bridge for my garden when I lived there and even with sealing the top of it, it only lasted 2 years before it rotted or bugs ate it. Beware of termites.

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    1. Yeah, I'm afraid of that too. Oh and termites, didn't think of that. Yikes. Do you think if they were stained/sealed they might be rot proof (or extend their life?). Thanks for the info!!!

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  2. Oh my goodness that is just beautiful!

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  3. Love it too but in my area, the termites would love it even more.

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    1. Another vote for termites. Yikes! Sure don't want to "attract" them.

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  4. This looks so pretty, I have only ever seen dark or old wood used like that, the pale newly cut wood looks really nice.
    If you choose a long lasting wood on the advice of second family and cut it into discs now, then paint them with oil,it should take a long time to well and truly soak in until you are ready to use them. I know sump oil is used to protect timber for fencing etc.but that will make the wood dark. I remember linseed oil being used on cricket bats and wooden handled tools, so that will work too. I am sure 2nd family will have some advice to help get the best result.

    You could even get used cooking oil from the local take out shop, not sure if that kind would work.....it may even encourage the insects appetite to attack your path lol

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    1. Great info, thanks for this. I appreciate it. Never heard about sump oil but that's fascinating. Thanks!!!

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  5. It is lovely and if you have the available tree trunks/branches why not use them!! I am sure there will be plenty of advice about how to preserve the wood from your lovely followers! It would be such a talking point woth your visitors!!

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    1. We do have some trees and large branches down in various places. We were thinking it could even be a single spot instead of a path. Might be fun to try. Thanks!!

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  6. Love it! Using boric acid solution on wood, soaking it and drying and soaking it and drying it leaves a wood that is impervious to bugs and rot. Look it up. I don't have a link. Also, you need to submerge the wood and alternately let it dry out completely to allow the boric acid solution work. There can be no surface wetting or almost getting it dry before the next soaking. You need to throw the wood slices into a tub of boric acid solution. Therefore, if you want wood next year, start slicing and soaking this year.

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    1. I didn't know about that. Will definitely check that out!! Thank you for the info. Off to google!! ha.

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  7. Once again, you have inspired us! For our homestead we could just lay down the raw wood, we enough fowl to eat termites and other bugs, and as the path wore away over the years we'd have a mulch path of sorts.

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    1. Aww, you're always so sweet! That's a great way of thinking about it, as it did deteriorate, it could become mulch huh? Great idea, thanks!!!

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  8. 1st Man,

    This is beautiful, are you planning something like this in or around your garden beds at the Farm? If so, you're going to need all kinds of trees.

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    1. Isn't it pretty? We thought about the the raised beds, at least between the short sides (short paths). We'll have to get with 2nd Family about borrowing some of their power tools, ha. Thanks!!

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  9. Bit late commenting on this but in hopes you get a chance to see this.
    Found a link on laying a tree sliced walk path.
    http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/2013/07/29/diy-tutorial-recycled-wood-slice-garden-pathway/

    http://sewwoodsy.com/2013/06/how-to-create-a-natural-log-pathway-video.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNw4JD81ngc

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/before-after-jens-garden-path-the-gardenist-184088

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