Backyard Trends 2016: Backyard Labyrinths

Throughout time, labyrinths have represented peaceful places used for meditation and healing. Grounds of ancient civilizations the world over have been found to have remains of labyrinths, many of which are still somewhat intact today.

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Backyards labyrinths are popping up across the country by homeowners who wish to have a peaceful oasis away from the stresses of work and the everyday world. This is a trend that has reportedly seen an uptick in requests resulting in thousands of backyard labyrinths on properties of all sizes. They can range from simple 30-foot spiraling desert stones in Arizona lawns or incredible, elaborate and lavish walkways reminiscent of 13th Century Europe.

Labyrinths aren’t mazes. In fact, their purposes are quite the opposite. Whereas mazes have multiple paths, dead ends, and confusing obstacles, labyrinths are created with a single winding path that leads walkers from the outside to the center and back again without distraction or disruption of other options.

If you’re interested in building a labyrinth in your own backyard, you have an awesome array of options. Elaborate structures often include lush landscaping, intricate stonework, and professional irrigation systems. This total package can be costly, but the ultimate outcome is something of beauty that’s meant to be enjoyed and awed. More simple options can be created by laying an intricate pathway of stone pavers that leads from the beginning to the center of a circle. The latter option, of course, requires less maintenance and is typically more affordable than options that add greenery.

You can find templates for garden labyrinths. This can be a great way to go if you’re looking for a catalog from which to choose your inspiration. Templates may be printed on weed-blocking landscape fabric, which is filled with sod, gravel, or stone after it’s placed on the prepared ground. Template designs are great for DIY options, but you may also want to consider going this route if you choose to employ the help of a professional. Finishing touches can go from simple concrete pavers to pricier options like French limestone and Turkish travertine.

If you’re considering adding a one of these peaceful paths to your own backyard, and you’re feeling a bit crafty, you could design and build a DIY labyrinth, or you could consider working with a pro.

Here are some tips to help you as you think through your backyard labyrinth:

  • Design. Designs can range from simple to very complex. Explore various labyrinth designs until you find one that truly speaks to you. Be aware, however, that the more complicated the design you chose, the more costly the project may become.
  • Scale. Labyrinths can be created in backyards of all sizes. No matter if you have a large space or small square of land with which to work, you’ll need to decide the dimensions of your project from the very beginning. Do you want to utilize your entire backyard space? Do you need to leave room around the perimeter for additional landscaping and yard details?
  • Grid. Create a grid system that allows you to see where the lines on the labyrinth intersect with identifiable locations on the grid.
  • Materials. Stone, wood, sod, and grass are just a few of the many options you can choose from.

Remember to have fun throughout the labyrinth project, from the planning process to completion of your meditative circular garden. Search Houzz for more inspiration, and contact our Evergreen Turf team if you need to order sod for any of your lawn projects!

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