Give Your Patio a Stepping Stone Path This Summer

In case you would like to protect your lawn against foot traffic, the best thing that you could do is to have some stepping-stones laid down.

The good news is that you can have the project done in only one day. The most difficult part of the project is to mix the wet stone dust that will be the base and then lift and move the stones.

Shopping

Shopping

Start by going to a local stone yard and look for pieces that are about one and a half inches thick and about 24 inches wide.

This is the optimal size because most probably they won’t crack and you don’t need to cut them. All you have to do is to adjust them to fit together. When you come up with the plan for spacing, digging, placing the stones will be quite easy.

Stakes

Place a stake at the starting point and at the end point. Tie a rope between the stakes close to the ground. This rope is supposed to mark the height of the stepping-stone.

Positioning the pavers

Position the stones one next to the other. It is important for them to be close enough to becomfortable to step on them. It is a good idea to start with distances of 3 and 6 inches. If you have enough distance between the stones, you also can adjust them to achieve a curve.

Cutting the sod

In order to make sure that the stones will stay put and there will be nothing in the way, it is a good idea to set an edge along the pave and then cut through the roots of the turf. It is possible that you will have to repeat the process in case of every stone.

Preparing the base

Remove the stones one by one and then remove the sod from beneath them. You should dig a hole that has a depth equal to the height of the stone plus a couple of inches. You should repeat this for each of the stones.

The base

To make sure that the stones won’t sink or shift you have to add stone dust to the base. Mix water with the dust. In the end it should have the consistency of batter. Add enough mixture to each of the holes for the mixture to fill the hole.

As you can see, this is a fairly simple project.

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