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Overview

Stepping stones can make a great design statement in your garden and are a good way to minimise wear on your lawn. They're easy to lay yourself and we'll show you how. In just a few steps, you'll learn how to mix the mortar and fix the stones into place. We're making a path for a formal garden, but the same techniques also apply for other garden styles.

Steps

1Dry lay stones

Dry laying is when you place the stepping stones on the ground without actually fixing them to the surface. This helps work out how far apart each stone should be. To determine the correct distance, make the stones a stride length apart. 

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2Measure the width

To get a neat, even appearance for the path, measure an equal amount of distance either side of the stones. 

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3Make a string line

At one end of the path, line up a post with the outside edge of the last stone. Hammer it into the ground with your mallet.

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4Insert a second pole

At the other end of the path, insert another pole into the ground, on the same line as the first pole.

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5Roll out the line

Now tie your string to one post and roll it out to the other pole. Tie your string to that pole, making sure there is some tension in the string.

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6Line up the stones

One by one, press all of your stones up against the string so that they're aligned.
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7Mark the paver positions

Mark the positions of your stones by spray painting the ground around the corners of each stone. Make sure you don't spray the top of the stone.
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8Dig the holes for the stones

Once you've completed marking the ground, remove all of your stones and start digging holes between those marks. The holes should be a bit deeper than the height of your stones. 
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9Mix the mortar

Put on your safety gear and mix up the mortar in a wheelbarrow with your spade. You should use 5-parts sand to 1-part cement. Use enough water so that the mortar sticks to the spade. 
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10Fill the holes with mortar

Using your spade, fill the holes with mortar. Make sure there's enough mortar so that the stones will be level with the ground.

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11Lay the pavers in the holes

Now, take each stone and put them back into the holes to set in the mortar. Make sure they're level with the surface of the ground and lined up with the string line. 
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12Level the stones

Use your spirit-level to check and tap the stones into place. Check levels in both directions. 
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13Backfill around the stones

Backfill around all of the stones. Then leave to dry for 24 hours before you walk on them.
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