Ok so my mom, dad and I built a Labyrinth in their lower yard about 3 weeks ago.
We planted some low groundcover, but unfortunately, while they were on vacation, the weeds took over.
Even though she put yellow flags in the ground at our 'terminal lines' and 'bridges', we could no longer see the rows of flowers that we planted, or really anything else. Since the walkways were kind of narrow to begin with, we decided to start over from scratch. So we pulled up the flags and marker stones and re-raked it lightly. There will be pink soapwort growing up the middle of the paths, but we don't care!
Anything I revised for the second version is in bold, below.
So! Version 2 of the Labyrinth, you need.....
Flower seeds (choose something low-growing with little flowers, we used pink soapwort flowers)
Small Rocks (we estimated we used about 1/2-2/3rds of a cubic yard of river rock in grey, white, and pink.)
Larger marker rocks
Some sticks or garden markers
A long string
A design (check out old art books or look online)
Old plastic jugs or pitchers
WHAT YOU'RE GONNA WANT:
STEP ONE: Decide on the diameter of your Labyrinth, ours was 25 feet across. Level the land and add dirt if you need to. Remove large rocks or pieces of debris from the site to make the next part easier!
STEP TWO: Make concentric circles, about a foot and a half or two feet apart, this time, we went with three foot paths, either eyeballed or using a pivot in the center of the labyrinth. Easiest way is to place a PIPE in the middle of the Labyrinth, put a dowel in the pipe, and place a bulldog clip onto the dowel to tie the string to the end. Hold the string in one hand as you pull a hoe along with the other. Move down one and a half or two feet (3) on the string, and make your next ring.
Don't dig too deep, you're gonna fill these in with your rocks!
THREE: Using your design and a friend, determine where the 'bridges'
need to be, the lines that go from ring to ring, and where the terminal
lines need to go, the areas where the rings don't continue. PLACE A LARGE ROCK at these junctions.
We also used peices of an old venetian blind to mark the lines, in case it rained and we lost the stones.
Work in the cardinal directions, to make sure you're keeping in line with the design.
STEP FOUR: After you've made the bridges and terminal lines, walk the labyrinth to make sure it works! Don't step over any lines, and make any fixes that need to be made.
FIVE: Shovel rocks into your wheelbarrow. Use the pitchers to lay rocks down in the troughs, and use your feet to tromp down the mounds of dirt. My dad shoveled rock, my mom filled pitchers, and I dumped them in the lines. It took us about 4 hours total to re-do the whole thing because we picked up EVERY rock, branch, and weed that interferred with the design.
STEP SIX: (optional) Plant your grass seeds in the pathways- sprinkle them on the ground, and lightly rake them in.
STEP SEVEN: LET IT GROW!!!! Make sure to water as needed, but don't drown your seeds or your lines!
We are very happy with version 2.0 of the labyrinth! It's got fewer twists and turns, but it will be more permanent!
Now, we just need to decide on a special piece of art for the center of the labyrinth!