Stone walkways add that something special to a landscape. I feel it is because there is nothing that can match natural materials in a landscape design.
Here are ideas that you might want to use for
your own property. Bluestone is used, although there are other types
that would make great walkways, such as fieldstone. This stone is a bit
more rugged and not as flat but has a great look.
Bluestone Garden Path
This is one of the least expensive walkways and easiest to install. As you can see, plants on either side soften the design.
These geometric stones could also just be placed in an area of lawn. Simply cut out the grass beneath the stone to make sure they are level and lay them down. A mower can go right over this for ease of maintenance.
would say a good minimum size to use would be 24" x 24", but of course
you could go much larger. Since it is a casual path, 24" x 36" stones
would work too.
Stepping Stones Through Lawn
Rather than installing a wide front walkway which is dry laid or set in concrete, consider using separate stones set right into the grass. Create a nice curve for a natural look. This will save you a lot of money.
One of my favorite types of casual walkway designs...
This stone walk is made up of bluestone stone slabs. I love using these. There are a few choices as to what to do in between the stones.
Large Irregular Bluestone Slabs
I love these large bluestone stepping stones. You can just leave mulch in-between, add river rock (shown here), and/or add low growing plants (here also). Use Thyme, Sedums, Camomile and other interesting steppable plants.
Creating Access Through a Garden
Sometimes you might have a very wide garden and need to get in there to take care of your plants or just meander through it for enjoyment. Here you can see how the stepping stones can be used.
You could also use loose stone which would be even less expensive. However, you should use edging to hold the stones in place so that they don't fall into the mulch making it quite messy. With separatestones, you don't have this issue.
Also see blue stone walkways and costs.
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