When I realized that my cats in the garden had paws that were getting hurt by the hazelnuts in our garden walkway, I knew that I wanted to make it a more cat friendly garden. The poor things would just limp when they walked on the pathway.
I knew that I had to do something to make the pathway softer and easier for them to walk on. It wasn’t until this year that I actually did something about making the garden better for each garden kitty that I have.
We had talked about moving the hazelnuts in the pathway and taking them around to the front on to put into the front pathway. We wanted to put down gorilla grass which is shaved cedar, and is very nice and soft. I didn’t know how it would look, but I was willing to find out.
Two weeks ago we finally moved all up in hazel nut shells around to the front and brought in a load of gorilla grass which we put down in the back pathway. It is wonderful. It looks good, and my kitties love it. They just keep rolling around on it and are as happy as can be.
In general, if you are wanting to make a pathway of any kind in your landscape, what you need to do is clear and level the ground lay down some weed block fabric in the area along the area you want the path to go, and then put your chosen material down.
I have seen pathways made out of all pea gravel, hazelnuts, wood chips and now gorilla grass. Perhaps you don’t need to make a kitty friendly pathway in your garden, but you could if you wanted to.