Building a Stepping Stone Walkway

Stepping stone walkways are great to have in a landscape. They are not only functional, but they also look beautiful and add texture to the overall design. In this article, we will discuss how to build a stepping stone walkway. With this guide and some equipment, you will be able to create your own stepping stone walkway!

1. Clear the Area

In order to begin installing your new pathway, the entire area needs to be cleared. At Park Landscaping, we use a bobcat for this job, but it can be done with digging tools! You can clear the grass and topsoil from your yard using a pick and a shovel.

Stepping stone path

Marking the area to be filled with stones is crucial to seeing the bigger picture.

 2. Delineate with Spray Paint

Once the area is cleared, outline the paths with spray paint. This is important to do before building the path because the spray paint will help you see the bigger picture. Also, it is not permanent so if you decide to change the layout of the path, all you have to do is shake up the spray paint and try again.

3. Road Crush

After the paths are delineated, road crush needs to be spread on all the prospective paths. Tamp down the road crush as much as you can because this is what provides stability and a compact base. Road crush is just a mixture of sand and small rocks (gravel). For those who do not have access to actual road crush, the best thing to do is to obtain small (20mm) sized gravel and mix it with sand.

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Edging keeps walkways looking need and clean. Stones in front have had building sand poured beneath them for further stability.

4. Edging

Once the road crush is in place, the edging needs to be installed. Edging keeps walkways looking crisp and adds a great aspect to the landscape design. Aluminum edging is most often used because it does not rust and is simple to work with because it bends nicely to whatever shape you may need.

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Pathway project in process

5. Fabric and Sand

On top of the road crush, there needs to be a heavy-duty fabric placed. This will serve as a weed barrier and separator between the stones and topsoil. After the fabric is laid, we pour building sand on each area where the stepping stone will be laid. This provides maximum stability for each stone and prevents them from moving around.

6. Lay the stones and rock bed

Once all these steps have been taken, we can finally place the stepping stones and the decorative rock. Most stepping stone walkways we create have a rock bed as the path around each stone. Lay the stepping stones on the sand then finally spread the smaller decorative rock around the stones. Rock beds are not only pleasing to the eye, but also important for support.

 

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Wood and stone mix nicely to give this garden pathway a softer look

And there you have it! A step by step guide for how we install stepping stone walkways. Walkways add an incredible aspect to a landscape design. If you’re thinking of changing up your landscape, consider installing stepping stones! They not only look crisp and refined, they also make the entire design more interactive! Guests can follow your walkway to a destination such as your patio or pool, or can be guided throughout the yard and garden. Do not hesitate to get creative with your stepping stone walkway!

 

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Practical uses of stepping stone walkways abound! No need to track mud into the house when you have a pathway like this.

Guest Blogger Bio

This article was provided by Laurel from Park Landscaping. Park Landscaping is a commercial and residential landscaping company that not only creates beautiful landscaping designs, but also brings them to life!

For more ideas on building garden walkways, visit this post on Creating Garden Pathways.

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3 thoughts on “Building a Stepping Stone Walkway

  1. Thanks for this, particularly the hint about pouring sand under each stone to keep it more stable. I’ll be trying that this summer.

  2. Thank you so much for providing those pictures. I can’t say enough about how the pictures helped me really understand how the project was accomplished. Keep up the good work!

    Sincerely,

    Garret

  3. I’m so glad I found this article! We have recently tried putting stepping stones on top of rocks, but sand is definitely a better idea! I’ll have to try this out and see how much easier it is to level my stepping stones. Thanks for this!

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