With a mix of colorful designs and natural textures, stepping stone walkways can be an attractive addition to any landscape, and this inexpensive and easy DIY project can save your lawn wear and tear.
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Before you dig, call 811 to check for underground utilities.
Lay the stones along the planned path. Rearrange them as needed so your feet land squarely on the stones when you take normal strides.
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.
Remove the grass under the stone and be sure to get below the roots.
Use your spade to get under the turf and lift it out. If you choose to save the turf for later use, put it on the tarp and keep it cool, away from sunlight, and be sure to water it.
Place the stones and use builder's sand to level them in the ground. Try to set the stones so they sit slightly above the surface. When they settle, they should be flush with the ground. Add landscaping rocks or mulch around the stones for a decorative look.