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How to Lay Stepping Stones (page 1 of 2)

Add a creative accent to your outdoor space by laying stepping stones to create a decorative pathway and protect your lawn.

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A simple feature to design and create, stepping stones can look very attractive in a lawn. They help to prevent the wear and tear of heavily trafficked areas of ground, and they will also prevent your shoes from getting muddy in the winter.

Materials needed:

stepping stones
sharp garden knife
garden spade
trowel
soft sand
cement

Calculate how many stepping stones are needed.

Do this by measuring the length of your stride, then lay them in place on the lawn, and double check the spacing. Once you are satisfied, cut around them using a sharp garden knife.

Cut Sod Around Stone Once Placed

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Lift the slab, remove the square of grass.

Use a spade to cut underneath the turf. Using a trowel, dig out some of the excess soil so that the hole is about 1 inch deeper than the depth of the paving slab.

Remove Excess Soil Under Stone to Level

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Fill the hole.

Using a trowel, place a 1/2 inch layer of soft sand into the bottom of the hole, level it out, and then compact it. This helps to ensure that the area won't sink once the paving slabs have been placed in position.

Compact Sand Underneath Stepping Stone

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