Stepping stones are a great addition to any garden or outdoor space. They can create a pathway, add interest to a garden, and make it easier to navigate through uneven terrain. However, laying stepping stones on gravel can be a bit tricky, so here at Bridge Street Stone, we’ll go over the steps you need to know to do a proper job of laying your Indian sandstone stepping stones on gravel.
Now, as a general rule though, if you ever feel uncomfortable about completing this kind of task on your own, we’d always advise seeking out professional help. If you’re comfortable tackling the job solo though, here’s what you need to know.
Choose the right stepping stones
The first step in laying stepping stones on gravel is to choose the right stepping stones. The stones should be flat and even, without any cracks or chips. Luckily, you’re in exactly the right place if you’re actually looking for high quality Indian sandstone paving. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles here at Bridge Street Stone. including natural Indian Sandstone. Make sure that the size and shape of the stones fit the space where you plan to lay them.
The process of laying paving stones
Before you start laying the stepping stones, you need to prepare the area. First, remove any existing vegetation or debris from the area where you plan to lay the stones. Then, using a shovel, dig a trench along the path where you plan to lay the stones. The trench should be deep enough to accommodate the thickness of the stones and a layer of gravel.
- Lay the gravel - you need to lay a layer of gravel in the trench. The gravel should be about 2-3 inches deep. Use a rake to spread the gravel evenly and level it out.
- Compact the gravel - after you've spread the gravel, you need to compact it. Use a tamper or a plate compactor to pack down the gravel. This will ensure that the gravel is firm and stable.
- Place the stepping stones - now it's time to place the stepping stones on the gravel. Start at one end of the path and work your way to the other end. Use a level to make sure that each stone is level and even with the surrounding stones.
- Fill in the gaps - once you've placed all the stepping stones, you need to fill in the gaps between the stones with more gravel. Use a small shovel or trowel to fill in the gaps, making sure that the gravel is level with the top of the stepping stones.
- Compact again - finally, you need to compact the gravel one more time. This will ensure that the stones are stable and won't shift over time. Use a tamper or a plate compactor to pack down the gravel between the stones.
And that's it! With these simple steps, you can lay stepping stones on gravel and create a beautiful and functional pathway in your garden or outdoor space. Looking for some stepping stones?
Here at Bridge Street Stone, we supply the highest quality sandstone paving in the whole of the UK, and we stock shades in a variety of popular colours, including Kota Black, Kandla Grey, Autumn Brown and Golden Leaf. Our Indian sandstone is imported straight from ethically operated quarries in India, so if you’re looking to give your patio the perfect upgrade, feel free to give us a call today on 01282 860571 - we’re happy to help!