Designing garden paths and constructing stepping stones is a simple, inexpensive way to add charm to your landscape. Stone paths provide a convenient way for pedestrians to walk on the sidewalk or driveway to reach your front door or back of the house.
Consider the architecture of your home if you choose a kind of springboard. If there are bricks or rocks on your exterior walls, bring the same texture and color into the stepping stones. The path shown here was chosen to match the coral shades of the terrace. Adjusting the color or texture of a nearby landscape element gives your path a professional look.
Note: Choose a surface with a texture that does not get slippery when wet, especially if the path is near a pool. And avoid very dark stepping stones that can become too hot for bare feet in the summer.
Design garden paths: Step 1: Clean and fill
Determine the boundaries of your path and remove the area's vegetation to shape the garden paths. If you use a herbicide, use it at least two or three days before. Once the crops have disappeared, place 2 inches of sand leveling. Pull a 2 × 4 over the surface of the sand to level it.
Design garden paths: Step 2: Lay the stones
Place the stones in the sand about 6 to 8 inches apart. Keep the surface of the stones well above the sand, and make sure each new stone is flush with the previous one.
Step 3: Flatten the stones
When you control the stones, use a plane to check each surface. If the level is parallel to the house, the bubble should be in the middle, indicating that the stone is at an even level. If the level is perpendicular to your house, you want to see a slightly positive slope. This will allow water to slip from the stones and away from your home. This is especially important when placing stepping stones near an outside wall.
Step 4: Add a weed barrier
A weed barrier will keep your stone path neat and virtually nondescript for years to come. Once all the stones are present and leveled properly, place the weed barrier on top. Use secateurs to carefully cut holes for each stone. Keep the barrier down with a few pebbles.
Step 5: Fill in with gravel
For a clean look, the stepping stones surround with small pebbles in a complementary contrasting color. The pebbles should completely cover the weed barrier, but their surface should remain slightly lower than the surface of the stepping stones.
Step 6: Add a border tip
To hold the pebbles and prevent them from sliding into the surrounding landscape, you need to add a rim tip. For a clean, minimalist look, a narrow strip of black metal works very well. For a country house ambience, use brick-shaped paving stones that are coordinated with your step stones. Dig a groove that would allow the edge material to be placed deep enough to prevent it from becoming slippery. The upper part of the border should only be one inch above the pebbles.
Buy modern stepping stones at Obi
With modern stepping stones, you can enhance your garden, front yard or parcel in a very attractive and stylish way. On the one hand, of course, ways can be laid - for example through a flowerbed. At OBI you will receive high-quality stepping stones, which have a very good grip and skid resistance. On the other hand, the stones themselves are highly decorative and offer every garden an aesthetic added value that can be seen in the truest sense of the word. From grained granite bricks to fine natural stone optics to innovative concrete similar in shape and appearance to a tree disc, OBI offers you a select selection of attractive tread plates at the best price-performance ratio. On obi.de you can reserve your stepping stones and pick them up later in your OBI market.
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