Stepping Stone Walk or Patio

Easy to do paving system

Easy to do paving system

Used as a walkway

Used as a walkway

Closeup of filler rock and pavers

Closeup of filler rock and pavers

A concrete walkway is a very expensive investment and difficult for the average homeowner to tackle. I saw this stepping stone walk on a recent trip and thought it looked sensational. While it is not a quick and easy project, if you do it right, a bit of patience and effort will give you a beautiful walkway or pad with much less cost than a concrete one.

Here is how to build one. All the materials can be purchased from a big box home improvement store or most local hardware stores. If your space is flat, that is best, but if sloping, you might want to consider steps.

*First, remove all the sod or other materials, and get the space level and clean of debris.

*Buy metal edging (it comes in either green or brown), and border the space you want to address. This usually comes in 6 ft. lengths and is very flexible. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. If you need it to curve, or you want an unusual pattern, it will do it. But if straight, make sure you check and keep the same space between both sides. Also make sure the top edge looks good visually and the way you want the finished project to look.

*Purchase a good quality weed block fabric. Cover the entire space, and make sure the edges are tucked tightly against the edges.

*Set the stepping stones in the pattern and spacing you desire. Walk on them, and make sure they do not rock and are not below the edging top line. If so, add sand to raise them up.

*Add crushed gravel around the stepping stones inside the metal edging, and walk on it to help pack them down some.

*Wash off the gravel and stepping stones, and enjoy this new garden feature

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “Stepping Stone Walk or Patio

  1. Great project idea! I did a similar project in my backyard several years ago. After building my new deck (two stories high) it blocked a good bit of sun in my yard and an area of sod started thinning out. I went the route of pavers, but instead of crushed gravel I used egg rock. I was afraid the smaller gravel would blow easily with my blower (I have a lot of leaves that fall from two pecan trees directly overhead). The egg rock works very well. However, one thing I learned, that I wish I had prepared for, was to be sure and dig the areas where the rock/gravel will go lower than the pavers (or to set the pavers slightly above ground) so that they will hold the rock/gravel in place. I always think of temporarily removing the rock, digging little trenches and placing the rock back in, but years later, I still just kick them back into place with my shoes.

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