Stepping-Stones. Many Shapes and Sizes
Stepping stones can be both practical and beautiful when laid. They are practical by stopping wet and muddy shoes when laid on a garden lawn or border area. They help give a firm footing when gardening where there are areas of flowers and plants. They are simple to lay and can be bought in many shapes, colours, designs and sizes.
Paving slab stepping stones are not just limited to the garden, they can be used anywhere. They are popular laid on gravel paths, garden borders or lawned grass areas. They are both practical and visually beautiful.
There is a great deal of choice of materials, colours and shapes when choosing which stepping-stones to install. You can easily complement any existing driveway, patio or garden colour scheme. Popular choices of material include natural stone & concrete, wood and even recycled rubber.
Installing paving slab stepping-stones are a great way to comfortably walk over an area of gravel or grass. Especially if you don’t want a lot of paving slabs laid, but still want a solid, flat surface to walk on.
There is a wide range of choices of stepping stone available to buy. These can be replica tree log ends or slate effect slabs. These allow you create great designs to any garden or landscaped area. You can have a paved walking area that is simple to create, practical and looks great with any design of paving.
How to lay stepping-stones in a garden lawn
It can be quite an easy task to lay stepping stone on a garden lawn. You can lay them on any material such as soil, grit sand or a mortar mix of sand and cement.
We recommend when laying paving slabs on a lawn area you should lay them so the surface of the stepping stone is just below the level of the lawn. When you mow the lawn you should be able to cut the grass without the stepping stone being in the way of the mower blades. You simply mow straight over the top of the stepping stone when laid below the level of the grass.
Simply mark around the stepping stone by placing the stepping stone on the floor and marking around it with either sand, a sharp blade or even string placed around the outside of the slab.
Once marked out, remove the paving slab and cut out the area and then remove the inner material to a depth you think is adequate. Then replace the stepping stone.
You can then decide if you need to either remove more material from under the stepping stone to lower it more or place sand level in the bottom to bring up the finished height of the stepping stone.
Remember to always allow a couple of millimeters extra in height because you will need to gently tap the surface of the stepping stone to secure it in place once it has been laid.
Once you are happy with the finished level you should then gently tap the stepping stone surface to set in place with the use of a rubber mallet and spirit level or simply level to the surrounding area to stop trip hazards and the stepping stone from rocking.
Tips when laying stepping stones on a gravel pathway
If you are laying the stepping-stones on a pathway that will have stone chippings or gravel laid around the edges it would be wise to lay the stepping stone on a mortar mix of sand and cement. With a hunching of cement up the sides of the stepping-stones to stop it sliding off the mortar.
Almost every manufacturer of paving slab products will have a stepping-stone range. Above we have shown paving products from Stoneflair and Bradstone although companies like Marshalls and even stockists like Wickes and B & Q will have some stepping-stones for sale.
You can view a full range on our paving shop here that we have for sale in our paving shop. The range of stepping stones you can buy includes carved wood, concrete and stone, log effect and some even imprinted with animals and faces. All available to buy with big discounts.