How to Install Garden Stepping Stones


Adding stepping stones to a garden is an easy way to add a decorative touch to a lawn or serve as a more functional measure by protecting a well-traveled area of a lawn. Garden stepping stones are available in a variety of shapes, colors and textures, making it easy to complement any style of garden. You can complete the project within one day, and it will add indefinite personalization to your outdoor space.

Step 1

Plan the path along which you will lay the stones. Measure the area to determine the number of stones to cover the area. Use string on stakes or landscaping paint to mark off the space.

Step 2

Position the stepping stones in the manner that you want them laid. Place the stones at the distance of 24 inches from the center of one stone to the next. Test two or three stones by walking the area to ensure the area is easy to use and feels comfortable. Place the stones closer together if children will primarily use the area. Continue laying the stones on the lawn or dirt until you have temporarily placed all the stones.

Step 3

Cut around the edge of each stepping stone with a spade or edger to trace the shape of each stepping stone. Lift the stepping stones from each spot and set them aside. Use a spade to remove the grass in each area where a stepping stone will be set. (The hole should be 1/2 inch deeper than the depth of the stone.)

Step 4

Fill each hole with 1/2 inch of builder's sand, and use a hand tamper to level it. Fit each stepping stone on top. Add sand around the sides of the stone, if needed, to make it steady.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • String
  • Stakes
  • Landscaping paint
  • Garden stepping stones
  • Spade or edger
  • Builder's sand
  • Hand tamper


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