How to Landscape a Stone Path

Overview

A successful path will unite a garden, tying together separate parts into a unified whole. Stone makes a good material for a meandering path, because the stone creates a natural substance that blends well with the environment. You don't have to be an accomplished landscaper or a stone mason to build a stone path for your garden. Anyone with a strong back and the ability to piece together puzzles can fit together a stone path.

Step 1

Mark the boundaries of your pathway by pounding stakes into the ground with a rubber mallet. Tie string between the stakes to outline the path. Because your stone path will gently meander, the boundaries do not have to be precisely measured.

Step 2

Remove sod and 5 inches of soil, using a sod cutter, shovel and wheelbarrow.

Step 3

Hammer plastic edging along the margins of your path with a rubber mallet.

Step 4

Cover the soil with a landscape barrier cloth to block out weeds.

Step 5

Pour 2 inches of course sand over the pathway.

Step 6

Piece together your walkway by laying stones in a jigsaw format. Make the cracks as narrow or wide as you would like. Stones should be set close enough together that you can step on a stone with every step you take without having to stretch between stones or trample on mulch or ground cover planted in between the stones.

Step 7

Hammer each stone into the sand with a rubber mallet until it is level with its neighbors. Test the level grade of the stone by laying a piece of plywood over the surface and measuring with a carpenter's level.

Step 8

Fill in the cracks between the stones with a layer of mulch.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber mallet
  • Stakes
  • String
  • Sod cutter
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Weed barrier cloth
  • Sand
  • Plywood
  • Carpenter's level
  • Mulch
  • Ground cover

References

  • The Family Handyman: How to Build a Stone Path
  • This Old House: Here's How to Build a Perfect Path
  • Mountain Valley Growers: Ground Cover Thymes

Who Can Help

  • Great-Landscaping-Ideas: Walkways and Walkway Design
Keywords: building stone paths, designing a walkway, DIY stone walkway

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."