You have created a beautiful garden with a variety of plants, shrubs and trees. Walking barefoot on the green grass is a healing experience.
However, your guests may not like to move barefoot in a wet and muddy garden. Most likely it will be a rainy day, or you will have just sprinkled water in the garden. A clear sidewalk or pathway may be a good idea to protect your garden or yard from trampling. A track with stepping stones in the garden can visually guide your guests in a fun way.
Of course, we have a variety of options for building and laying stepping stones for garden paths. However, I think natural stone is the perfect choice. Here are some of the advantages of natural stone.
Have you ever marked how we laid the stepping stones? We leave a standard gap between the two stepping stones on the path. This is called the average adult's stride length. Remember, the stride is from the center of one stone to the center of the next stone. It never goes from the edge of one stone to the edge of the next stone. It will eventually reduce the amount of natural stone in the stepping stone area.
Natural rocks are abundant in nature and come in many varieties. However, for outdoor applications, siliceous rocks are the best choice because they are suitable for outdoor use.
You can choose from irregular and regular shapes of granite, sandstone, slate and limestone types of natural stone. Each stone type has some special characteristics that you must consider when choosing.
You are leaving a gap between the stones in your walkway. This means you don't need to match the stone surface horizontally edge-to-edge. Instead, you can lay the stone along a slope in a specific direction to help you plan for drainage in your garden.
There is no limit to imagination. Therefore, your garden designer can create a variety of designs, layouts and beautiful styles to decorate your garden/landscape, while providing great practicality.
We can use different shapes and sizes of stones.
●Square or rectangular shapes in a symmetrical or asymmetrical layout.
●Spherical or irregular circles in escape paths.
●Escaped backgrounds filled with natural land, pasture, gravel or cobblestones.
●A walkway or pathway in straight, curved, jagged or mixed styles.
These are common methods of decorating garden paths or walkways.
Structurally speaking, when we think of a foundation or base, a stepping stone is a single unit, primarily due to the weight of the surface, to keep it stable against any lateral movement.
Therefore, in most cases, a thick layer of cement concrete or mortar is used as the base of the paver. It provides a strong bond that unites the top stone and the bottom material as one unit. It provides a firm grip for the top natural stone and prohibits any lateral movement in any case.
Quarry aggregate or gravel is an ideal and cost-effective material for large projects with wide sidewalks, where a thin layer of sand is applied to the top of the paver base and directly below the natural stone. Gravel and cobblestones are also used as side fillers, and colored gravel is used to decorate the entire path.