Gardening & Landscaping

How To Lay A Garden Path

A garden path can transform your garden. Allowing you to highlight areas of your outdoors, make space look bigger and bring people on a journey to an end destination like a social space, a beautiful vista of plants, a garden pond, a secret seating area…the possibilities are infinite! In this blog post, we’re going to talk you through creating a simple stepping stone pathway.

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Lay A Garden Path

Tools & Materials: 

  • Stones
  • Chalk or string
  • Garden fork
  • Garden spade
  • Spirit level
  • Rubber mallet
  • Sand


Mark Out Your Path

  1. Mark out your path by laying where your stepping stones are going to sit. If you haven’t already designed this out, experiment with a few styles to see how it affects your space. You could place your stones in a straight line, on a curve or even winding through your flower beds. Once you’re happy, mark the perimeter of each stone with some chalk or string and pegs. 
  2. Start to loosen the soil where your stones will lay with a garden fork. Be sure to remove any weeds, roots or stones that could stop the stones from being even.

Dig A Hole

  1. Dig a hole for each stone. Measure the thickness of your stones and dig 2cm deeper than that. So if your stones are 6cm in height, dig to a depth of 8cm. 
  2. Use a spirit level to make sure the earth is even on all sides of the hole.

Place Your Stone

  1. Fill the hole with a 1.5cm layer of sand and pat this down.
  2. Place your stone into the hole. It should sit just below the level of the surrounding soil. This will make it much easier to mow the grass as the blades can pass right over the stones. Use a rubber mallet to tap each stone down firmly.
  3. Shake loose soil into the gaps around your stone, pushing the soil with your fingers so it’s compact.

Finish Up

  1. Depending on the location of your stones you can either sow the surrounding area with grass or else plant up with your choice of foliage.
  2. Repeat for each stepping stone and you have your very own garden path. 

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Scott Roberts is a copywriter currently making content for the Primrose site and blog. When at his desk he’s thinking of new ways to describe a garden bench. Away from his desk he’s either looking at photos of dogs or worrying about the environment. He does nothing else, just those two things.

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