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What you need:
  • Stepping stones
  • Shovel
  • Rubber mallet
  • Sand
Installing a pathway using stepping stones is easy, beautiful, and can be done at any time except during a hard freeze. Select the shape, color, and size that suits your situation. Lay out the stepping stones along the proposed pathway, spaced 10-12 inches apart. Any further apart or closer together will make stepping on them awkward.
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Once you are satisfied with the position of the stones, it's time to set them. Use a shovel to mark the outline of each stone in the ground.
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Next, remove the stones. A clear impression left where each stone was placed is your guide for excavation.
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Dig a hole for each stone to sit in, 1 inch deeper than the stones are tall.
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Add and level a 1 inch layer of sand to each hole.
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Place the stone in the hole and use a rubber mallet to seat it firmly. Add or remove sand until the top of the stone is flush with the ground. If you plan to add a topdressing around the stones, such as pea gravel leave the stones about a inch above the ground.
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Continue in the same fashion until all of the stones are in place.