How To: Make a Garden Path

How To: Make a Garden Path

Abby Stone
Jun 30, 2008

There's something inviting about a path of stepping stones that speaks to adventure, to mysterious lands, to unexplored places. Even if their path leads you no further than from the driveway to the front door, there's something magical about them. Installing one and puzzling out irregular slabs of stone in a pleasing arrangement that mimics something honed to perfection by the collaboration of Father Time and Mother Nature is a lot less magical. For something a little closer to presto chango, consider this option...

A less expensive way of replicating a garden path of stepping stones, it produces a result that's just as attractive and a little bit sturdier (from our own experience, we've discovered that water has a tendency to chip away at slate slabs). Mix concrete, pour into a mold, let dry overnight and lay down your path. Fill in the cracks with dirt or sod. For detailed instructions, see Redbook's website and enlist the help of a friend to make the job easier. Click here to find a stone mold.

[Image via Nakae's Flickr page, with a Creative Commons LIcense.]

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