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Natural Stone Steps & Pathways

A home can have a virtual Garden of Eden for a backyard, but if nobody can experience it then it’s not reaching its full potential.

Every home’s landscape should offer an interesting, exciting, and unique experience. You can have this by using stone steps and walkways as a guide:

  • Get in for a close look at your favorite flowers and plants
  • Take a stroll by the pond and listen to the relaxing waterfall
  • Pass by any beautiful statues
  • Connect with your loved ones on a pleasant walk through your garden
  • Enjoy your yard to the fullest

Whether it’s a long garden pathway or a small flight of stone steps, these transitions are perfect for any yard. Let’s take a more in-depth look at these natural stone stairs and pathways.

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Stone steps next to pond

How Much Do Stone Steps And Walkways Cost?

While it does depend on the size of the project, HomeAdvisor gives a national average of $2,200.

Of course, an average isn’t a great measurement to go off of. The best measurement to use is the one that determines how happy you’ll be after the project is done.

Stone walkway on slight slope surrounded by beautiful plants

7 Steps To Building Stone Steps And Walkways

Tools

  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Diamond blade cutoff saw
  • Hand tamper
  • Mason’s hammer
  • Plate compactor
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spade
  • Line level
  • Level

Materials

  • Stair blocks
  • Polyurethane adhesive
  • Wall blocks
  • Gravel
  • Retaining wall blocks
  • Pavers
  • Corner blocks
  • Sand
  • Cap blocks
  • Landscape fabric
Stone pathway next to a small garden
  1. Mark the step and pathway layout
  2. Take out grass and organic material until the solid grade is found
    • sometimes fill material is brought in if needed.
  3. Tamp the locations for the stone stairs and level it
    • for a hill, the ground should be carved out like stairs
  4. Add landscape fabric to help prevent weeds from growing through
    • if the area between the stones is going to be filled in with a ground cover then landscape fabric is not needed
  5. Add border rocks and make the stone steps and walkway look artistic
  6. Fill out the area with mulch or river gravel
  7. Enjoy your yard like never before
Stone steps with rock borders going up small hill

5 Steps For Building Stone Steps And Walkways On A Hill

Building steps and paths into a hill can be hard. Elevations and land contours vary and the way a path or steps are bordered will be different as well. While there may be many variables that can be hard to overcome, you can do it, and here’s how:

  1. Start at the bottom of the hill and cut into it at 90-degree angles
    • make them as deep front-to-back as the long length of the stones
  2. Spread sand across the dirt and compact with the power plate compactor
  3. Lay down stones with long length going front to back
  4. Backfill with sand & gravel then compact
  5. Repeat process

If you have the room, make stairs & walkways 4-6′ wide so people can walk comfortably next to each other

Stone staircase going up steep slope

7 Steps To Repairing Stone Steps

Tools

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Masonry hammer & chisel
  • Wire brush
  • Trowel
  • Mixing trough
  • Point
  • Pointing trowel

Materials

  • Sharp sand
  • Lime
  • Cement
  • Water
Stone staircase on a slight hill with rock border and flowers

The first likely sign your stone steps need fixing is loose or crumbling mortar between the stones. It must be chiseled out and repointed with fresh mortar. Repairing it involves:

  1. Chiseling out the loose mortar
  2. Using the wire brush to clean it out
  3. Mixing 7-parts sharp sand, 1-part lime, and 1-part cement in the mixing trough
  4. Adding water until it becomes like a cooking batter
  5. Using the pointing trowel to pack the new mortar in about halfway
  6. Cleaning out the mixing trough to put in 6-parts sharp sand, 1-part lime, and 3/4 cement and mix it until like a cooking batter
  7. Filling in the rest, then edging it out and smoothing it down

Further Enhance Your Yard With Stone Steps & Walkways

You deserve to enjoy your home’s landscape to the fullest. This can be done with stone steps and pathways. Give an inviting look to your garden and use it to further connect with the ones you love.

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