Stepping stones in the garden bring solid ground under your feet without paving it. Laying is not difficult, but should still be planned carefully.
As long as the sun is shining, the world is in order, but the German weather sometimes gives us constant rain, so many garden owners tiptoe through his green oasis. Lawns are nice, but softened but rather uncomfortable. For this reason, many hobby gardeners choose to lay step plates. The stones, as the name suggests, serve as a solid step to get your feet dry to the bed, garden shed or terrace.
The difference and big advantage to a completely paved path is that you don't have to "concrete" the garden. Stepping stones offer a solid surface, but do not restrict the overall picture. The garden continues to look relaxed and the lawn mowing around the stepping stones is no problem. Once placed, the tread plates should remain in place. It is therefore important that you do not act blindly.
Laying step plates: never without planning!
So that it looks as neat in your garden as in our example photo, you should not dash head over heels into the hardware store. Think about it and put your ideas on paper. That may sound cumbersome, but it is not. You don't have to be an artist either, it is enough to draw a sketch of the garden. Take graph paper and cut out your desired stones. You can now position these on the garden template until it meets your requirements.
Laying step plates - step by step instructions
Once the planning is complete, you can start. But be careful: never lay the tiles loosely on the lawn. As a result, the stepping stones wobble with every performance. There is also a risk of someone tripping over the raised edges and the lawnmower would also get caught on it. Apart from that, badly laid stepping stones don't look nice either.
Step 1: how many step plates do I need?
There is no general answer to this question, but a simple solution. Follow the path you would like to use step plates as normal. You count the steps. Pay attention to a normal walk, do not take spreading steps like a stork, this distorts the result. Every performance gets its own stone, logically, right?
Extra tip: When buying, don't just pay attention to the look! Footboards should have a rough surface so that you don't slip on them when wet.
Step 2: put on the step plates and test the distances
To see what your path ultimately looks like, place the treads loosely on the lawn. Now you can walk through everything again and change the distances as desired.
Step 3: prepare excavation
Once all the panels are as desired, the actual laying begins. Use a spade to make a mark around the stones. So you know how big the “hole” has to be that you have to dig out afterwards.
Step 4: Work step plates into the floor
Now use a hoe or a spade to dig the earth out. How deep you have to go depends on the thickness of your step plates. Make sure that the surface is as level as possible, so that nothing wobbles and tilts later. If the stones are difficult to insert, you can help with a rubber mallet.
Important: If the ground is very soft, it is recommended to apply an extra layer of gravel. This ensures that the floor does not sag later and the tread plates become uneven. When lifting, you have to add a good 5 cm.