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Simplest stone steps

Simple stone steps

Stone steps or a stone path leading to a hidden garden suggest a private area, a special place to which people feel attracted. If you chose to give an Asian look and feel to your landscaping, then stone steps are especially interesting, as they are an integral part of any Japanese garden. Never forget that landscaping is very much about catching the eye and giving off a specific impression. So work on your landscaping with this in mind.

Slate is a good material to create a path. Begin by placing all your stones on the ground so as to create the design that pleases you the most. You may change them a few times, just to be sure you really like the way they are set out.

Square steps looking less rustic

Square steps looking less rustic

Some go for a more linear design, others prefer lots of curves. Linear is more modern and practical, curvy is more romantic and artistic. Then comes the part where you actually make them a part of your landscaping. Bear in mind that stepping stones are easier to level and more stable if they rest on a bed of sand.

In a dirt path

If you want to add the stones in a dirt path, do as follows for each individual stone:

  • Place all the stones on the ground so as to create your design.
  • Take away each stone one by one and remove some dirt where the stone will lay.
  • Put the stone back in its location.
  • You may use a rubber hammer to adjust the position of the stone. Then rearrange the dirt around the stone.

In a gravel path

If you want to add the stones in a gravel path, do as follows for each individual stone:

Stones and pebbles looking quite modern

Stones and pebbles looking quite modern

  • Place all the stones on the ground so as to create your design.
  • Take away each stone one by one and remove some gravel where the stone will lay.
  • Add some sand where the gravel was and put the stone back in its location.
  • You may use a rubber hammer to adjust the position of the stone. Then rearrange the gravel around the stone.

In your lawn

If you want to add the stones in your lawn, do as follows for each individual stone:

  • Place all the stones on the ground so as to create your design.
  • Using a knife, cut the lawn around each stone.
  • Take away the stone and remove the patch of lawn under it.
  • Put some sand in the hole so as to make the sand almost level with the ground.
  • Put the stone back in its location. You may use a rubber hammer to adjust the position of the stone. Make sure that the stone will not be a problem when you mow the lawn. As time goes by, the stone will set and sink a bit deeper within the lawn.
  • You may use your imagination and choose from the incredible variety of stones available on the market. Your local nursery will probably have a good dozen different types to show you. You may use almost any type of stones to create stone steps, although you should consider the issue of keeping balance on them, even when carrying things in your hands.

Have you considered all the possibilities? There are some landscaping ideas you may not have thought of.

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