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Setting stepping stones
Stepping stones are an ideal way to create a flat area for walking or standing in the garden. You can place them together to form a patio, a flat area for setting a shed or bench, or for creating a pathway. Building a path with these pavers will not only make it easy to walk from one part of the landscape to another, but it will add to the overall design of your space.
Design a path so it fits with the picture you want to create. Straight or angular paths can look hard-edged and can be attractive in contemporary or geometric gardens. Curving walkways will meander and look softer and more natural.
The material you use can add color and texture to your passageway. You can choose bricks, flagstone, pieces of other flat rock, gravel, wood, precast cement or other materials for foot placement. Look in garden centers and on the Internet to find some creative squares, disks and free-form shapes that are made with plaster, concrete, glass — some molded, painted, stained or textured — to transform your pathway into an art gallery. You can even make your own.
Lay your chosen stepping stones on a well prepared surface that drains. Check out the video above to see how to set them in place.
The space between pavers can be wide or narrow. Larger spaces will offer a chance to plant between the stones with lawn or ground-cover plantings. You can also fill the space with non-living things like decomposed granite or gravel. Or get creative by adding unusual materials like shredded rubber tires or tumbled glass.
Make your walkways into something beautiful as well as practical to augment the interest in your garden design. Build with stepping stones so they will not shift easily over time. Any foot traffic should be able to pass safely with little chance of tripping. A pathway can contribute in many ways to make your landscape a good place to visit.