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Lay a Stepping Stone Walkway

Lay a Stepping Stone Walkway

Looking for an uncomplicated way to change your landscape? Whether they are round, square or irregularly shaped, the construction method for installing and laying out stepping stones is always the same. Place stones across a well-traveled part of the lawn to reduce wear on the grass and to provide a dry surface for walking.

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Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.

Create Your Stone Walkway

Stepping stones can dress up almost any landscape.  A walkway also serves practical purposes. Place stones across a well-traveled part of the lawn to reduce wear on the grass and to provide a dry surface for walking or use them for a shady path where grass or other plants don’t grow well.

Before you start, make sure you have enough stones to complete your path. Wear sturdy boots and gloves during installation.

Be careful when working with flagstones. Bend your knees and lift with your legs to avoid injury.
Before beginning any excavation, check for underground utilities. Call the North America One Call Referral Service at 1-888-258-0808 (or just dial 811) for a national directory of utility companies.

Step 1

Lay the stones out along the planned path. Walk their length, rearranging them as needed. Your feet should land squarely on the stones when you take normal strides.

Step 2

Once the stones are in place, trace their shape in the ground by cutting around the edges of each stone with a sharp, long-handled spade.

Step 3

Remove the grass under the stone. Make sure you slice deeply enough to get below the roots.

Step 4

Push a spade under the turf to lift it out, then set the turf on a tarp, cloth or in a wheebarrow. If you choose to use the sod later, set it aside in a cool place and water.

Step 5

Place the stones and add builder's sand to the hole to level them. Ultimately you want the stones flush with the ground. The stones will settle eventually, so add sand until they sit slightly above the surface.

Step 6

Add mulch around the stones.