Step 1

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.

Step 2

Materials needed:

stepping stones
sharp garden knife
garden spade
trowel
soft sand
cement

Step 3

Cut Sod Around Stone Once Placed

2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 4

Remove Excess Soil Under Stone to Level

2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 5

Compact Sand Underneath Stepping Stone

2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 6

Lay In Mortar for Stepping Stone

2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mix up cement and sand.

Combine at a ratio of 1:4. Gradually add water until the mortar is thick but workable, and then lay this in the bottom of the hole. Set the slab on top, ensuring it is level and sitting just below the surface of the lawn.

Step 7

Lay Stone Beneath Sod Level

2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Be sure to dig deep enough.

Ensure that you lay your stepping stones about 1/4 inch below the surface of the lawn so that the grass can be cut without damaging the blades of the lawnmower.