Are you excited about Spring? We sure are! Like you, we can’t wait to start working on our gardens. Time to get a game plan together and decide which DIY project to start on first.
Why not create a captivating garden path using stepping stones? Simply trail them throughout your landscape and lead visitors on a magical tour.
Secret Gardens, Hidden Treasures
Garden paths are used to draw interest to out-of-the-way sections of a landscape or to highlight features like ponds, trellises, or gazebos. The style of your home and grounds should dictate the location type of path to create – formal or informal.
Keep a few things in mind when installing a new path:
- Use – Heavy foot traffic will need sturdy materials like stone that won’t break easily.
- Cost – Come up with a budget and then shop for materials. A lengthy path will require a lot of materials.
- Shape – Consider curving paths as well as straight-lined walkways, which can reveal your garden as you walk.
- Mix it up – Combine materials (pavers/concrete or stones/mulch) to add interest. Create contrasting borders or patterns.
- Sun or Shade – Dark stones absorb heat, which could make them too hot for bare feet. Smooth stones often remain slippery if in damp areas. Lighter colors and textures are neutral and may be your best option.
- Hard work – Moving pavers, gravel, or stones around is exhausting so recruit volunteers to help or spread the job out of time.
Once you’ve decided where you want your path, pick your materials. For formal paths, many choose brick pavers or flagstone. Informal trails will give you more options, from gravel and stepping stones to turf, decomposed granite, or mulch. With budget in mind, make your selection and set your creativity free.
Peaceful Retreat for Guests
Give visitors a secluded niche along your path where they can relax and unwind. Install a decorative garden fence, gazebo, or bench, creating a peaceful retreat. Fragrant flowers planted along the path will add to their enjoyment. Don’t forget to hang some twinkling lights for those moonlit strolls.
Stepping Stones in the Garden
A great way to create a meandering trail through your flower beds is with stepping stones. An informal design works with a wide variety of materials. No matter what type of stones you choose or filler you opt for, the process is generally the same:
- Boundaries – Determine the width and length of your path and mark it off.
- Clear– Remove all grass and debris. Put down landscape material.
- Level – Put down a layer of sand and level it out.
- Position – Decide if you want the stones in a random placement or a checkerboard pattern.
- Press – Stones should be pushed into the sand and leveled.
- Fill – Add gravel, mulch, or planting soil to grow ground covers like Scotch moss.
Discover the Wonders of Nature
Your wonderful landscape reflects all your hard work and love of gardening. Help others enjoy the fruits of your labor by tying it all together with a relaxing stepping stone path. Lead them on a relaxing journey around your property to discover the wonders Nature has to offer. You’ll surely have a number of repeat guests.
From wheelbarrows and shovels to saws and drills, our expert staff is always on hand to help you find the right equipment for your next DIY landscape project. Now that you have your garden path planned out, are you ready for Spring planting? Our blog, Get Started on Your Spring Gardening To-do List, may have the ideas you need. As always, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.