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A stone pathway is not just a functional element in your backyard; it’s a statement of style and a reflection of your personal taste in landscaping. Besides guiding visitors through your garden, it adds a touch of elegance and charm to your outdoor space. This guide will walk you through creating a stunning stone pathway using various stones available from Saunders Landscape Supply.

Planning Your Pathway

Before you start, plan the pathway’s layout. Consider its purpose, whether it’s a direct route to your garden or a meandering path for leisurely walks. Sketch your design, thinking about curves and width, and choose a location that complements your backyard’s features.

Choosing the Right Stone Material

The stone you choose will set the tone for your pathway. Saunders Landscape Supply offers a range of options:

  • Pea Gravel: Small, rounded stones perfect for a casual, charming look.
  • River Rock: Larger, smooth stones that create a natural, flowing appearance.
  • Crushed Stone: Sharp, angular pieces, ideal for a more structured pathway.
    Consider the style of your garden and the practical aspects of the pathway when selecting your stone.

Materials and Tools Needed

Gather all necessary materials and tools before beginning. You’ll need your chosen stones, landscape fabric, and edging material. For tools, a shovel, tamper, and level are essential.

Preparing the Site

Clear the pathway area of any grass, stones, or debris. Level the ground and lay landscape fabric to prevent weeds. This foundation is crucial for a long-lasting, low-maintenance pathway.

Laying the Foundation

A stable base is key to preventing shifting and sinking. Dig to the recommended depth for your chosen stone type and compact the base layer. This step ensures your pathway remains even and secure over time.

Installing Edging

Edging gives your pathway a polished look and keeps the stones in place. Choose from materials like metal, plastic, stone, or wood, and install it along the pathway edges for a defined look.

Laying the Stones

Now, the fun part – laying the stones. Start from one end and work your way to the other, placing the stones evenly. For a natural look, mix stone sizes and colors. Ensure the surface is level and the stones are securely in place.

Finishing Touches

Fill the gaps between larger stones with smaller stones or sand for a cohesive appearance. This step also adds stability to your pathway.

A stone pathway is a beautiful and practical addition to any backyard. With the right planning, materials, and a bit of effort, you can create a pathway that enhances the beauty of your outdoor space and serves as a lasting element of your garden’s landscape.