Seattle is known for it's rain. And with that rain comes muddy yards, so I needed stepping stones. But I didn't want to worry about my lawnmower hitting the stones, so I came up with a plan that worked perfectly! And all you need is cement or concrete, water and a shovel.
Lancashire (in England) is known for its rainfall too, and my new and rather scrubby lawn is suffering the same as yours was. What a wonderful idea! I had considered making paving by basically setting cement into the bottom of a bucket, for example, but I didn't want a circular shape. I am definitely going to follow your plan. And I might even press a little mosaic pattern (from broken tiles and pots) into the top too.
Have you got a picture of what your stepping stones look like?
Could you send me a picture at seachelle1 AT cox.net
I would love to see what they look like before I make them.
Lesley, No, I don't have a picture. I did this at the house I moved from 2 years ago. I plan on doing the very same thing at this new place, probably this summer... If you send me your e-mail address to my account here on ThriftyFun, I'll send you a picture when it's completed. Yes, England is a lot like Seattle in the "rain" department. We had a soil with very few rocks, but IF you have a rocky soil where you plan on doing this, I would suggest placing the excess rocks on the INSIDE part of the stepping stone & keep the outside edges free of most rocks when you pour the cement in. The one thing I will mention is that because I used a "zigzag" design, my teenagers would seldom follow the "squiggly" path (but would cut STRAIGHT across) until I put the fountan/planter in. Something to think about if you have kids. For those who live in extremely cold claimants (like Minnesota) think about adding rabbit wire or something as reinforcement because of the tough winters if you want no cracks. I, myself prefer to just sprinkle grass seed inside any cracks that form.
I'm so happy this topic was brought up again. Many thanks for the original post. I do have a question, if someone can help:
I have about 100' for a pathway, & would like 6-8" stones with just 1-2" between them. At let's say 3" deep, how do I calculate about how much Quickrete I'd need? Thanks.
This sounds just wonderful, I would love to see pictures. One question though, you said you could press sticks, leaves or such into the cement to make a fossil like impression, does that mean you press the leaf in and leave it there or press it in and then remove it before the cement dries?
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