Skill Level: Beginner
Stepping stone paths are decorative and easy to install. Whether the stones are round, square or irregularly shaped, the construction method is the same. Place stones across a well-traveled part of the lawn to reduce wear on the grass and to provide a dry surface for walking. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
Tools & Materials
- Long-handled spade
- Hand trowel
- Stepping stones
- Builder's sand
Before you start, make sure you have enough stones to complete your path. Wear sturdy boots and gloves during installation.
SAFETY NOTE: Be careful when working with flagstones. Bend your knees and lift with your legs to avoid injury.
- Lay the stones out along the planned path. Walk their length, rearranging them as needed. Your feet should land squarely on the stones when you take normal strides.
- Once the stones are in place, trace their shape in the ground by cutting around the edges of each stone with a sharp, long-handled spade.
- Remove the grass under the stone. Make sure you slice deeply enough to get below the roots.
- Push a spade under the turf to lift it out, then set the turf on a tarp. If you choose to use the sod later, set it aside in a cool place and water.
- Place the stones and add builder's sand to the hole to level them. Ultimately you want the stones flush with the ground. The stones will settle eventually, so add sand until they sit slightly above the surface.
- Add mulch around the stones.