Do you love gardening and have some time to spare? Build a garden maze and make your yard the neighborhood sensation.
Step 1: Pick a spot Choose a level, open spot for your maze.
Step 2: Choose the type of maze Decide what type of maze you want. A unicursal maze has a single twisting path that leads from start to finish with no dead ends; a branching maze has several paths, but only one leads to the finish; and an island maze has several paths leading to the finish, plus many dead ends.
Step 3: Sketch your maze Sketch a scale drawing of your maze on graph paper, with one inch equal to three or more feet on the ground.
TIP: Make a quick turf maze by cutting maze paths with a lawnmower. Let the remaining grass grow to form the maze walls.
Step 4: Choose plants Decide which plants to use. The traditional choice is evergreen shrubs, such as boxwood.
TIP: You can also use corn stalks, sunflowers, or other flowers.
Step 5: Lay out the maze Make a layout on the ground with rope or string. Make the paths wide enough to walk along.
TIP: Make sure grass paths are wide enough to accommodate a lawnmower.
Step 6: Plant the maze Plant shrubs or other plants that will form the maze walls and an outer boundary.
TIP: Use mulch or gravel around the plantings to help define the paths.
Step 7: Dig shallow ditches Dig shallow drainage ditches along the sides of the paths.
Step 8: Tend the maze Trim plantings as they grow to ensure uniform maze walls, add more to fill in bare spots, and mow grass paths and pull weeds. Enjoy your new maze and show it off to your friends!
FACT: Did you know? Conwy Valley Garden Maze in Wales is the world’s largest garden maze, covering over two acres.