Installing Landscaping Stone

Landscaping stone can serve to completely replace turf grass in a yard or garden, but is generally used to create decorative paths and walkways. Installing landscaping stone for decorative purposes is a multistep process that most do-it-yourselfers can readily tackle.

Step 1 – Brainstorm The Design For Landscaping Stone

Before attempting to purchase landscaping stone or diving into a project, it is imperative to brainstorm how the end design should look and what function it should play in the landscape. It is a good idea to sketch out potential designs and consider the actual space where the stone will be installed for such things as:

  • How the stone will visually impact the area;
  • The dimensions that need to be covered;
  • The type of soil or turf the stones will be set into

Once this is done, create a rough design to follow for the project. Do make sure to have good dimensional estimates as far as length and width of the desired path.

Step 2 – Select The Landscaping Stone

Once a design is in place, it is time to select the type of landscaping stone that is desired. There is a large variety available through landscaping stores and special order companies. Do expect some serious shipping and handling for long-distance purchases. Some of the options include:

  • Flagstone;
  • Fieldstone;
  • Quarry stones;
  • Limestone.

Step 3 – Prepare The Grounds For Landscaping Stones

Before laying landscaping stones, it is a very good idea to properly prepare the ground. This will require removing turf grass and other plant material from the area where the stones will be laid. Generally it is also best to dig a slight recess into the ground within which to place the stones. This will prevent movement of the laid stones in the future.

Step 4 – Place The Stones

With the ground prepared, it is time to place the landscaping stones. Do take care to follow the planned design as closely as possible and arrange the stones to fit the look. Keep in mind that landscaping stone material is not always uniform in size. It might be necessary to either cut the stones to fit or deviate from the plan somewhat.

Step 5 – Set The Stones In Place

With the stones now in the ground, it will be necessary to fill up the cracks between them just as a tile layer would apply grout. Depending on the look desired, it is possible to brush the removed dirt over the stones to set them in place and then remove the dirt from the stone surface later. If a more finished look is desired, actual grout material may be used for this step.
Laying landscaping stone takes time and effort, but it is a job do-it-yourselfers can readily handle.